Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (Roswell Park) offers scholarships for people who want to work in their communities as certified Tobacco Treatment Specialists. The cancer center is one of just 27 institutions worldwide with accreditation to offer this type of training program.

Experts at Roswell Park invite interested health professionals, educators, and community workers to partake in an upcoming week-long, evidence-based workshop on-site in Buffalo from September 25 to 29, 2023 or from April 22 to 26, 2024.

For registration and to apply for scholarships, please visit or call 716-845-5974. The workshop fee includes all training and course materials as well as breakfast, lunch, beverages, and snacks each day of training.

Christine Sheffer, PhD, professor of oncology at Roswell Park, directs the Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training Program. She and other world-renowned experts in the field help trainees develop specific core competencies and skills needed to effectively treat commercial tobacco* and nicotine use. The workshop includes an extensive discussion of the many types of tobacco products on the market and the evolving tobacco regulatory environment.

Sheffer and her team welcome applicants from any professional background or community. “We are particularly interested in providing scholarships to people who work in underserved communities or who work with communities experiencing tobacco-related disparities,” she said. “People in some communities — including sexual and gender-minority communities, low-income communities, and many communities of color – for many reasons, are more likely to develop tobacco-related diseases, which makes it especially important for them to quit.”

* The word tobacco refers to the use of manufactured, combustible commercial products and vape products – not the sacred, medicinal and traditional use of tobacco by Native American nations and other indigenous groups.