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Smoking Cessation Program

Courage to Quit, smoking cessation program in the South Side of Chicago

Everyone’s journey to quit smoking is different, but you don’t have to do it alone. The University of Chicago Medicine offers Courage to Quit® (CTQ), a group-based, comprehensive approach to smoking cessation in Hyde Park. We help patients like you overcome tobacco addiction and quit smoking for good.

Our Evidence-Based Approach to Stop Smoking

Courage to Quit® is a stop smoking program developed by UChicago Medicine’s Andrea King, PhD in partnership with the Respiratory Health Association (RHA). The program is consistent with proven, evidence-based smoking cessation methods, including behavioral skills, cognitive skills, and medication information to help you learn how to quit smoking, reduce tobacco use and lead a healthy lifestyle.

UChicago Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience works in partnership with the Department of Medicine, Section on Pulmonary Medicine to coordinate the smoking cessation program.

What to Expect

We offer multiple Courage to Quit® groups weekly in Hyde Park. Our rolling group format allows you to join the program at any time. Groups typically have 4-10 members and are separated into Phase 1 (beginner) groups and Phase 2 (advanced) groups for Phase 1 graduates. Our goal is to provide support, information, skills, tools, feedback and education to help you quit smoking. You can come to as many groups as you would like. If you decide that the program is not a good match for you, you will be provided with other smoking resources.

How to Sign Up

If you are in Chicago, Illinois and would like to get scheduled for the program, you can call our psychiatry intake office directly at (773) 702-3858. Alternatively, if you are a patient at UChicago Medicine, you can ask your health care provider to assist you in enrolling for the program.

Instructions for health care providers who would like to enroll a patient in Courage to Quit®

Courage to Quit® Rolling Group Program


Groups currently meet for 75 minutes in Hyde Park

  • Mondays—11:45am – 1:00pm
  • Fridays—10:15am – 11:30am


University of Chicago Medicine
Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM)
Room 6601

Who can attend:

Adults 18+ years of age who currently use tobacco (cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, cigars, e-cigarettes, hookah, etc.) and want to

  • Learn more about their smoking and tobacco use and
  • Set a goal to quit smoking or cut back on their tobacco use

Request an Appointment

To request an appointment, please call 773-702-3858 (psychiatry intake).

In EPIC, providers can refer patients through “Orders” and “Tobacco Cessation” or “Stop Smoking,” and staff will call the patient.

Most insurance plans are accepted, including:

  • Medicare
  • Medicaid
  • UCHP
  • U-SHIP (UC Students)
  • Most private insurances

Meet Our Team

Andrea King, PhD

Daniel Fridberg, PhD

Jon E. Grant, MD, JD, MPH

Ethan Israelsohn, LCSW
Social worker, tobacco cessation specialist & patient educator

More Information

  • Smoking Cessation Program

Request an Appointment

Contact Us

To schedule an appointment or if you have questions, please call psychiatry intake:

(773) 702-3858

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.