Courage to Quit


 

Courage to Quit® is a comprehensive group or individual tobacco treatment program for adults. Program leaders provide information, practice skills, and support to help you reach your smoke-free goals.

Courage to Quit is available in multiple formats with flexible content that can be customized for delivery to a variety of participant groups in health centers, community settings or workplaces. Research on a wide variety of people who smoke by age, race and gender has shown that among people who initially enrolled in the program (attended first session), 32-73% quit smoking at the end of the first month, and 18-34% quit smoking at the end of six months.

Courage to Quit classes cover:
  • addiction and withdrawal
  • quit smoking medicines
  • managing cravings
  • avoiding triggers
  • health benefits of quitting
  • free quitting resources


The program is based on the work of Andrea King, PhD, a faculty member at the University of Chicago. Dr. King is a licensed psychologist with a research background in tobacco and other addictions. More information about Dr. King can be found here.

Current Programs

Courage to Quit: Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Location: The Center for Advanced Care 1st floor, 1700 Luther Lane, Park Ridge, IL 60068
Dates/Time: Ongoing
Fee: $15
Registration: Register online at https://healthadvisor.advocatehealth.com/classes (code 8C13) or call 1-800-3-ADVOCATE (1-800-323-8622).

Courage to Quit: Gilda's Club Chicago

Locations:
•  Gilda's Club Chicago, 537 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654
•  Gilda's Club Chicago at Mount Sinai Medical Center, 1501 S California, Chicago, IL 60608
•  Gilda's Club Chicago at Advocate Christ Medical Center, Outpatient Pavilion, Ground Floor, 4440 W 95th St, Oak Lawn, IL 60453
   
Dates/Time:
 Ongoing
Fee: Free
Registration: For more information, contact Kathleen Boss at (312) 464-9900.

Courage to Quit: Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Center

Group Programming

Location: Health Education Center, Women’s Center, 1st Floor, West Pavilion. 2800 W. 95th St. Evergreen Park, IL 60805
Dates/Time:
November 1, 8, and 15; 6:30pm – 8pm
Fee: $20
Registration: Call (708) 423-5774 to register.

Ongoing

Location: Health Education Center, Women’s Center, 1st Floor, West Pavilion. 2800 W. 95th St. Evergreen Park, IL 60805
Dates/Time: Ongoing
Fee: $20
Registration: Call (708) 423-5774 for dates and times.

Courage to Quit: McLean County Health Department

Location: McLean County Health Department, 200 W. Front St. #304, Bloomington, IL 61701
Dates/Time: Ongoing
Fee: Free for women
Registration: Contact Sarah at (309) 888-5968 or sarah.philos@mcleancountyil.gov or Marissa at (309) 888-5954 or marissa.thomas@mcleancountyil.gov

Courage to Quit: Northwest Community Hospital

Group Programming

Location: Northwest Community Hospital Community Wellness Center, 900 West Central Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Dates/Time: Ongoing
Fee:Sliding scale up to $35
For more information and registration: Call (847) 618-7992 or visit http://www.nch.org/smokefree/.

Support Group

Location: Northwest Community Hospital Community Wellness Center, 900 West Central Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Dates/Time: Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m. and 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m.
Fee: Free
For more information and registration: Call Mary McNally, RN, at (847) 618-7992 or Juli Aistars, RN, APN, at (847) 618-6572.

Individual Programming

Locations: Northwest Community Hospital Community Wellness Center, 900 West Central Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005 OR Northwest Community Hospital, Main Hospital, 800 West Central Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Dates/Time: By appointment
Fee: Sliding scale up to $35
For more information and registration: Visit nch.org or call (847) 618-7992.

Courage to Quit: Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital

Location: Kish Hospital Roberts Conference Center, Kish Hospital Drive, DeKalb, IL 60115
Dates/Time: Ongoing
Fee: $25 per person and refunded if all sessions are attended
Registration: Register online at www.kishprograms.org under "Quit Smoking."

Courage to Quit: Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital

Location: Valley West Hospital, 1302 N. Main Street, Sandwich IL 60548
Dates/Time: Ongoing
Fee: $25 per person and refunded if all sessions are attended
Registration: Please contact the Community Wellness coordinator at (815) 786-3962 or email vwwellness@kishhealth.org. Está disponible en español.

Courage to Quit: Skokie Health Department

Group Programming

Location: Skokie Village Hall, 5127 W. Oakton St., Skokie, IL 60077
Dates/Time:
  Mondays, September 18th to October 23rd, at 7:00 pm
Fee:
$15
Registration:
Residency is not required, but you must call (847) 933-8252 to register.

Support Group

Location: Skokie Village Hall, 5127 W. Oakton St., Skokie, IL 60077 (lower level)
Dates/Time: Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: Free
For More Information: Call (847) 933-8252.

Courage to Quit: University of Chicago

Location: Supportive Oncology conference room (6th floor, room 6601, University of Chicago DCAM Building, 5758 S. Maryland Ave. Chicago, IL
Dates/Time: Groups meet Mondays at 11:45 a.m. and Fridays at 8:45 a.m.
Fee: Most insurances accepted - please call for more information.
Registration: Please call Psychiatry Intake at (773) 702-3858 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Courage To Quit: Village of Niles

Location: 999 Civic Center Drive, Niles, IL 60714
Dates/Time: Ongoing individual and group programs. Please call to register.
Fee: Free - Programs for Niles residents only
For more information and registration: Call (847) 588-8442 to speak with Brigitte Powidzki.

More information

Become a Courage to Quit program leader

For more information, contact Lainie Sanker:
E-mail Lainie
(312) 628-0241