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How NCH Is here for You

Putting a stop to your smoking habit is not an easy task, and it can be even harder to accomplish alone. The nicotine found in cigarettes, cigars and other substances is addictive and challenging to break away from. In fact, the American Cancer Society cites that only about four to seven percent of smokers are able to quit on their own.1 The good news is that research has shown counseling and/or medication can increase your chances of quitting successfully.2

At Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH), we're here to support you along your journey to quit smoking. Whether this is your first attempt to quit or you've tried multiple times before, you're not alone.

NCH's tobacco treatment specialists understand that quitting smoking requires breaking an addiction as well as a making a change in your behavior and lifestyle. Our specialists are trained clinicians who provide you with practical tools, access to additional resources and personalized counseling to help you start living a smoke-free lifestyle that begins today.

Quit Today

To begin leading a healthier lifestyle apart from smoking, sign up for Courage to Quit®, a comprehensive tobacco treatment program held right here at NCH in Arlington Heights. Group and individual counseling is available.

If you have questions about our program and the counseling offered, call an NCH tobacco treatment specialist at 847.618.7915.

Ongoing Support

NCH's Courage to Stay Smoke-Free Support Group is free and intended for anyone who wants to quit smoking, has already quit but needs support, or is thinking about quitting. Learn more here.

Why Quit?

Quitting smoking can be one of the best choices you make for yourself and for those you care about. Benefits include:

  • Improving your overall health and lowering your risk of disease.
  • Saving money smoking is a costly habit.
  • Improving your image smoking gives you bad breath, stains your teeth and causes wrinkles.
  • Eliminating secondhand smoke - smoking exposes those around you to cancer and other diseases.

Health Dangers of Smoking

  • Smoking can cause coronary heart disease, stroke and the following types of cancers: bladder, esophageal, laryngeal, lung, oral, throat, cervical, kidney, stomach, and pancreatic.2
  • Smoking can lead to lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema and chronic bronchitis.4
  • Smoking increases your chance of type 2 diabetes. Smokers with diabetes are at a higher risk for more serious health problems.4

Quick Facts About Smoking

  • More than 392,000 people die from tobacco-caused disease annually, and another 50,000 die each year from exposure to secondhand smoke.3
  • About 70 of the more than 7,000 chemicals in cigarette smoke are known to cause cancer.4
  • Secondhand smoke accounts for approximately 3,400 lung cancer deaths and 46,000 heart disease deaths in adults a year.2

Online Resources and Tools

  • Visit our online health library for more information about the risks associated with smoking, the dangers of secondhand smoke, tips for quitting smoking and more.
  • Take the Fagerstrom Test to determine your nicotine dependence.
  • Calculate the cost of smoking here.
  • Tobacco and your health: learn more here, and take a tobacco knowledge questionnaire.


  1. "A word about quitting success rates." American Cancer Society. June 27, 2011. Web. September 7, 2011.
  2. "General Smoking Facts." American Lung Association. June 2011. Web. September 7, 2011.
  3. "Stop Smoking." American Lung Association. June 2011. Web. September 7, 2011.
  4. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. "A Report of the Surgeon General: How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: What it Means to You." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office of Smoking and Health. 2010. September 7, 2011.
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Last Updated 08/04/2009