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Smoking Cessation Program

The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Northwestern University offers a comprehensive Smoking Cessation Program. Carol Southard, an American Lung Association certified instructor with over 20 years experience and proven success, facilitates the program.

Northwestern's Smoking Cessation Program provides eight weekly group sessions. It includes a comprehensive support group combined with individualized interventions. The foundation of the program is a strong focus on stopping smoking using a behavioral approach. Information about nicotine replacement therapy, bupropion (Zyban) and varenicline (Chantix) is also part of the program. Prescriptions and referrals are provided when appropriate.

Sessions include:
  • A step-by-step plan on how to quit
  • Self-help practices
  • Non-smoking training "assignments"
  • Self-control techniques
  • Relaxation methods
  • Withdrawal management
  • Assertiveness skills
  • Lifestyle change awareness
  • Social situation preparation
  • Self image consciousness
  • Nutrition and exercise guidelines
  • Stress management strategies
  • Guest panel of successful quitters
Follow up phone calls are made to clients at three and twelve month intervals. This program has a success rate ranging from 46 to 53 percent, four times higher than the national average. New sessions are offered quarterly. For additional information or to schedule an individual consultation please contact Carol Southard at or 312.926.2069.