Quit Smoking

If you smoke and are interested in quitting, you are not alone and help is available! There are many resources that can provide support and offer assistance in helping you break that nicotine addiction to quit smoking successfully. Although the process can be difficult, with commitment and motivation you can become tobacco-free for good! Take that first step: learn more about strategies for quitting smoking and available quit smoking resources.


Courage to Quit® is an adult tobacco cessation program based upon proven methods for tobacco dependence treatment. Led by trained program leaders, Courage to Quit offers information, skill-building, and support to help participants achieve their smoke-free goals. 

This list of 10 quit tips by Respiratory Health Association can get you started. These tips are also available in Spanish.

BecomeAnEx.org is a free, online program that helps you re-learn life without cigarettes through personalized quit plans and support from smokers and ex-smokers.

Healthy Lungs Initiative is a multi-year program of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System, in collaboration with Respiratory Health Association. Through Healthy Lungs Initiative, trained health educators offer smoking cessation counseling in multiple health care and social service settings throughout Cook County.

Illinois Tobacco Quitline is a statewide telephone helpline staffed by trained counselors who can provide information about quitting and can work with you to develop a customized quit smoking plan. Contact the Illinois Tobacco Quitline at 1-866-QUIT-YES.

In addition to smoking cessation programs, tobacco control policies can be effective in reducing smoking rates. To learn more about these broad approaches, such as smoke-free policies and tobacco tax increases, view our Tobacco Control pages.

For more information on women and smoking, youth and smoking, alternative forms of tobacco, smoking cessation medications, and a host of other topics related to tobacco use, visit our Tobacco Library.