About the Quitline
The Illinois Tobacco Quitline is a free telephonic or phone resource for individuals wanting to quit tobacco or tobacco-related products.
The Quitline’s counselors — nurses, respiratory therapists, and tobacco-cessation specialists — all have at least 25 years of medical experience and attend accredited, renowned nicotine dependence training programs to become certified in tobacco-cessation therapies.
They also are qualified to offer guidance in lung health and disease-related comorbidities, in addition to tobacco cessation.
Because many are formers smokers, too, they know the challenges it takes to quit for good.
M - F, 7a - 9p CST
Sat & Sun, 9a - 5p
What to Expect When You Call
- Expert advice
A nurse, respiratory therapist, or tobacco-cessation specialist will answer your call.
- Assessment of your tobacco treatment
They’ll ask about your readiness to quit, history of tobacco use, and previous quit attempts.
- Personal quit plan
You’ll receive a customized cessation program created specifically to your needs.
- Quit kit
Self-help material, nicotine replacement therapy information, and health information will be mailed or e-mailed to you.
- Someone to talk to during cravings
We’re here whether you’re calling in for your weekly checkup or need someone to talk with while your craving to smoke passes.
- Follow up
We check in with you weekly for at least 6 - 8 weeks. Then, follow-up calls are at seven months.
Counselors are qualified to discuss all issues about lung health. Physician referrals and information about tobacco-cessation medicines and treatments also are available.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy patches are available up to six weeks for those with limited or no insurance if the person calls weekly. Counselors work with each caller for the best option.
Are You Ready to Quit?
"I’ve been rewarding myself with the cigarette money I no longer use!"
"I know how hard the road is to quit. I gave myself a goal and a reason. That’s what made me successful."
"The Quit Line is a great place to start and end up a non-smoker. Do it for your kids and grandkids!"
"After a week, nicotine leaves your body. After that it’s the “going through the motions” like the first time of not smoking in your car, after a meal, morning coffee, etc. That was the toughest part. I’m going on 2 years now – after smoking for 40."
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