Did you promise to quit smoking this year? Then take a tip from the American Lung Association and prepare yourself. “Be aware that smokers have different experiences when they quit,” said American Lung Association’s chief medical officer, Norman Edelman, MD.

When smokers attempt to quit, they could experience the following side effects: exhaustion, nervousness, irritability, headaches and tobacco and food cravings. That’s why experts recommend that you discuss over-the-counter and prescription medications with your doctor to give you an assist.

Other helpful kick-the-habit activities include drinking water, getting plenty of rest and eating a balanced diet. In addition, daily exercise will help combat weight gain, improve your mood and sustain energy levels.

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