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Smoking Cessation

The University of Chicago Medicine offers Courage to Quit® (CTQ), a group-based, comprehensive approach to help patients overcome tobacco addiction. Courage to Quit® is a stop smoking program developed by Andrea King, PhD in partnership with the Respiratory Health Association (RHA).

We offer multiple CTQ groups weekly in a rolling group format that allows patients to enroll in the program at any time. 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 or reduce tobacco use and lead a healthy life.

CTQ Rolling Group Program


Groups currently meet for 75 minutes on

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


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

What is involved:

Weekly rolling groups

  • Typically include 4-10 members
  • Provide support, information, skills, tools, feedback and education to help patients quit
  • Include both Phase 1 (beginner) groups and Phase 2 (advanced) groups for Phase 1 graduates

You can come to as many groups as you would like. If you decide that the program may not be a good match for you, you will be provided with other smoking resources.

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 or cut back on their smoking and 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
Clinical Social Worker & Tobacco Treatment Specialist

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Contact Us

If you have questions about the Tobacco Cessation Program, please contact:

Ethan Israelsohn, LCSW, AE-C
(773) 702-9952

Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.