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Roswell Park Cancer Institute has been awarded a five-year, $1.5 million contract to operate the Western New York Tobacco Health System Change Center.

The center, one of eight in the state, is funded by the New York State Tobacco Control Program and will promote tobacco-cessation services in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

The contract represents a change in approach for the Roswell Park program, which previously focused on assisting medical offices and staff in Erie, Niagara, Orleans and Genesee counties, according to the cancer center.

The expansion into additional counties represents an opportunity to concentrate on collaborations with health-care organizations, including hospital systems and Federally Qualified Health Centers, Dr. Martin Mahoney, a Roswell Park professor of oncology, said in a statement.

One goal of the program is to increase the number of organizations that can screen all patients for tobacco use, deliver brief advice to quit at all visits, and provide assistance to help patients quit.