Courage to Quit

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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.

Ongoing Programs

Courage to Quit: Gilda's Club Chicago

Location: Gilda's Club Chicago at Advocate Christ Center, 4440 West 95th Street, Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Dates/Time: Thursdays from January 7 through January 28th at 4:00pm
Fee: Free for individuals touched by cancer
Registration: Call 708-684-9505

Courage to Quit: 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: KishHealth System - 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: 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

Courage to Quit: Moraine Valley Community College

Location: Moraine Valley Community College U209, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, IL 60465
Dates/Time: Ongoing
Fee: Free
Registration: Please contact Lisa Wright at 708-974-5520 or wrightl39@morainevalley.edu

Courage to Quit: Northwest Community Hospital

Group Programming

Location: Northwest Community Hospital Community Wellness Center, 900 West Central, 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, Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Dates/Time: Tuesdays at 12:15 p.m. and Wednesdays at 5:00p.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, Arlington Heights, IL 60005 OR Northwest Community Hospital, Main Hospital, 800 West Central, 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: Ogle County Health Department
Location: Rochelle Community Hospital, 900 N 2nd St, Rochelle, IL 61068
Dates/Time: Tuesdays from February 9 to March 22 at 6:00pm
Fee: Free
Registration: Call Joanie Padilla at 815-732-7330 x279 or email at jpadilla@oglecounty.org 

Courage to Quit: Skokie Health Department

Group Programming

Location:Skokie Village Hall, 5127 Oakton St., Skokie, IL 60077
Dates/Time: Mondays February 1, 8, 22, 19, March 7 and 14 at 7:00 pm
Fee:$15
Registration: call 847-933-8252

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: Department of Psychiatry, 5841 S. Maryland Ave. Chicago, IL
Dates/Time: Ongoing individual and group programs. Sessions are usually weekly for 6-8 weeks.
Fee: Insurance only (PPO plans, UCHP, and Medicaid/Medicare)
Registration: Please call to schedule an appointment. Call 773-834-3598 to speak with Dr. Daniel Fridberg to schedule your 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 Emily Zadikoff:
Email Emily
(312) 229-6186