With the New Year comes New Year’s resolutions, and if you’re a smoker the Illinois Tobacco Quit Line wants you to kick the habit. It’s the right time to start anew and kick the smoking habit, says Michael Mark, who oversees the Illinois Tobacco Quit Line. Mark says it’s not uncommon for smokers to fail on their first attempt to quit. He says you just have to try again -- but go in prepared and organized.

“I frequently say they do all the right things in trying to quit, in all the wrong ways,” Mark said. “They have to be trained to go about quitting. There’s a sociological addiction and a physical addiction.”

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Mark says don’t fall for gimmicks like electronic cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. They are less likely to help you give up the habit for good.

Tips on quitting include:

• Talk with a doctor about the various types of treatment and prescription medications available.

•  Call the Illinois Tobacco Quit Line for free counseling, support and advice: 866 QUIT-YES.

•  Pick a quit date a few weeks ahead of time and stick to it.

•  Get some exercise every day to reduce stress of quitting.

• Eat a balanced diet, drink lots of water and get plenty of sleep.

• Ask family, friends and co-workers for support.

•Consider joining a stop smoking program like Freedom from Smoking. www.ffsonline.org.

(Illinois Radio Network)