The mission of the Tobacco Control Center of Excellence (TCCOE) at the Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center is to expand knowledge and reduce the burden of tobacco-related disease through research, education, training, treatment and implementation.

The TCCOE was established in 2017 with support from the Wake Forest Baptist Comprehensive Cancer Center. The TCCOE is directed by Eric Donny, PhD and the Associate Director is Erin Sutfin, PhD.

The Tobacco Control Center of Excellence aims to:

  • Encourage a wide range of research aimed at better understanding the use of tobacco products and their impact on health;
  • Facilitate the translation of research into effective prevention, treatment, and policy interventions;
  • Support the development of promising students and faculty.

Research Activities 

The TCCOE is interested in promoting activities across a wide range of areas including basic science, transdisciplinary/translational research, prevention, cessation, addiction and decision sciences, reducing tobacco-related disease, health disparities, potential reduced harm tobacco products, policy and regulatory science. Current and planned center activities include pilot funding, travel awards, seminar/webinar series, “incubation” hour, and faculty recruiting.