Assessment and Treatment of Tobacco Dependence in Cancer Care



It is well-established that smoking is the leading cause of many types of cancer.

In addition, persistent smoking among cancer patients is associated with adverse short and long-term clinical outcomes including increased risk for treatment complications, poor health related quality of life, disease recurrence, second primary cancers, disease progression, and mortality. Despite these clinical risks, there are clear research-to-practice gaps and lack of training is routinely identified as a barrier to improving quality of tobacco treatment in oncology care.

This training will prepare learners to provide safe and effective evidenced-based interventions for tobacco dependence for the cancer patients/survivors and their family members.


  • Attendees will gain a better understanding of the risks of persistent smoking and benefits of quitting for cancer patients and survivors
  • Attendees will gain a better understanding of evidence-based pharmacotherapy and cessation counseling interventions
  • Attendees will have an opportunity to practice tobacco use assessment and treatment planning skills during simulated patient (role play) exercises
  • Attendees will gain a better understanding of system-level recommendations for implementing tobacco use assessment and treatment in routine cancer care


The target audience is Oncologists, Tobacco Treatment Specialists, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Social Workers, and Respiratory Therapists working in oncology care settings.


Physicians: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center  is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. The AMA has determined that physicians not licensed in the United States but who participate in this CME activity are eligible for 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Nurses: Memorial Sloan Kettering is an Approved Provider of continuing nursing education by the Northeast Multistate Division (NE-MSD), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Contact hours will be awarded to registered nurses who attend the program in its entirety.

Social Workers: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0228. This live training is approved for 5.0 Continuing Education Hours of Live Training.  

Additional Information

See brochure for additional information.

Date & Time(s)


Rockefeller Research Laboratories
Conference Center
430 East 67th Street
New York, NY 10065
Between First and York Avenues



Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Registration Details

Cancellation Policy

If you register for an MSKCC CME course and need to cancel your registration, please let us know by email at Up until the day before the course, you can receive a refund of your registration fee minus a $65 processing fee.  At any time, you may substitute another registrant in your place after contacting the CME Office with the relevant information.


Course Directors

Jamie Ostroff, PhD
Chief, Behavorial Sciences Service
Director, Tobacco Treatment Program

Jack Burkhalter, PhD
Assistant Director, Tobacco Treatment Program