UCLA Tobacco-Free Initiative

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More About Breathe Well

The Tobacco-Free Campus Initiative creates a healthier, more breathable and environmentally green campus for our entire community. There is no risk-free level of second-hand smoke, and in forming a tobacco-free environment, breathe well saves lives by cutting down on the leading world-wise cause of preventable death.

As a leader in health and health care, as well as environmental research, policy, practice and education, UCLA has a responsibility and commitment to lead the way in reducing tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure for our students, faculty, staff and visitors.

This policy is about creating a healthy environment for all those who learn, work, and spend much of their time at UCLA. Creating a safe environment for our students, faculty, and staff is our priority. This policy does not require tobacco users to quit; they just cannot use tobacco on UCLA property.

Application for the Ceremonial Use of Tobacco

As stated in section IV, item two of the tobacco-free campus policy, ceremonial use of tobacco is permitted when approved by the sponsoring department and UCLA Events. Ceremonial use is defined as tobacco use in religious, cultural or ethnic events. Those seeking approval must submit the completed Tobacco Ceremonial Approval form to the Events department by mail or fax. The form requires the signature of a representative of the department sponsoring the event. The sponsoring department must also receive a copy of the completed and signed form. 


Breathe Well Leadership

Michael Ong

Chair, Tobacco-Free Campus Steering Committee

Michael K. Ong, M.D., Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine in Los Angeles, California. His research interests focus on improving the delivery of appropriate and efficient health care by general internal medicine physicians.  His research has applied this focus in several areas of general medicine, including hospital-based care, mental health, and tobacco control.  He is currently Chair of the State of California Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee, which oversees programs funded by Proposition 99 including the California Tobacco Control Program.

Linda Sarna

Co-Chair, Tobacco-Free Campus Steering Committee

Dr. Linda Sarna, Acting Dean, Professor and Lulu Wolf Hassenplug Endowed Chair at the UCLA School of Nursing and chair of the Tobacco-Free Policy Steering Committee is internationally recognized for her research in oncology nursing and her involvement in tobacco control. She led the first- ever national program to help nurses quit smoking and promoted the role of nurses in tobacco control in a monograph for the World Health Organization on reducing non-communicable diseases.

Dr. Sarna leads research efforts to increase nursing interventions to help smokers quit in the US and internationally, in China, the Czech Republic, and Poland.

Dr. Sarna has received numerous honors, including the 2008 Oncology Nursing Society Distinguished Research Professor. She collaborates with national and international nursing organizations on tobacco control policies.

Elloi DeLos Reyes

Administrative Coordinator of UCLA Tobacco-Free Initiative

Elloi delos Reyes has a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and is currently the Administrative Coordinator of the UCLA Tobacco Free Initiative.  She has been in UCLA for 10 years working in diverse areas of our university.

Tobacco-Free Campus Steering Committee

There are many Bruins who works toward ensuring that UCLA can Breathe Well by serving on the Tobacco-Free Campus Steering Committee.  

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