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: DuPage County Health Department

Location: DuPage County Health Department, 111 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL 60187
Dates/Time: Ongoing
Fee: Free
Registration: Call Pat Carey at 630-441-3366

Courage to Quit: Kishwaukee Hospital

Location: Kish Hospital Roberts Conference Center, Kish Hospital Drive, DeKalb, IL 60115
Dates/Time: Wednesdays from August 5 to September 9 at 5:00pm and Mondays from September 14 to October 19 at 12:30 pm
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 Marissa at 309-888-5954 or marissa.thomas@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: Tuesdays from July 7 to July 28 at 11:30am
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 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, 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: Old Irving Park Community Clinic

Location: 5425 W. Addison St., Chicago, IL 60641
Dates/Time: Wednesdays from May 13 to June 24 at 9:00 am
Fee: Free
For more information and registration: Please call 773-427-0298

Courage to Quit: Skokie Health Department

Group Programming

Location:Skokie Village Hall, 5127 Oakton St., Skokie, IL 60076
Dates/Time: Mondays from October 5 to November 16 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