Cigarette smoking is one of the most difficult addictions to overcome. The Northwestern Medicine Smoking Cessation Program is based on the most current and proven methods and includes a step–by–step plan for quitting, information on cessation medications and techniques for staying smoke–free. Smoking cessation services include:

Group program

Are you tired of trying to quit smoking on your own? We can help. This eight-session group program is led by a leading tobacco treatment specialist. The program includes a comprehensive support group combined with individualized interventions. You will receive a step-by-step plan on how to quit, information on nicotine replacement and more. Behavioral approaches including relaxation, diet and physical activity techniques will help you stay smoke-free. Follow-up phone calls are made to all clients at regular intervals by the program facilitator.

For more information see our flyer. To register, please click here, or call, 312.926.8400.

Individual program

The individual program is a one–on–one session with our tobacco treatment specialist. Initial appointments are one hour, and follow–up appointments are also available. For more information or to register please call, 312.926.2069.

Discussions include:

  • Physical, psychological and habitual addiction assessment
  • Techniques for quitting smoking
  • Techniques for avoiding relapse
  • Nicotine replacement therapy
  • Zyban® (bupropion) use
  • Chantix® (varenicline) use

Our providers

Carol Southard, RN, MSN, is a pioneer in the field of smoking cessation. She is an American Lung Association certified instructor with over 30 years’ experience and well above average success rates. Carol is on staff at Northwestern Medicine and is a Tobacco Cessation Consultant for Chicago area hospitals. She has published articles, chapters for textbooks, and presented workshops and seminars for health professionals as well as for community groups on smoking cessation across the nation. Carol won the 2012 American Lung Association and Koop Foundation Unsung Heroes in Tobacco Control award – the first nurse and the first woman to have ever received this award.