Smoking and Diabetes

Smoking: Why should I stop?

The clinical reason...

Stopping the cigarette habit greatly improves your risk factors. Smoking decreases the amount of oxygen reaching tissues by damaging small blood vessels, particularly in the hands, feet, kidneys and eyes. As soon as you quit, your body begins to repair the damage caused by smoking. Within a few weeks after quitting, your smoker’s cough will disappear and you will have more energy.

The practical reasons...

  • Cigarette smoke is harmful to everyone inhaling it, not just the smoker.
  • Smoking interferes with your sense of taste and smell. Food will taste better, and you will be able to smell the roses!
  • You’ll be able to make it through a long movie or an airplane flight without craving a cigarette.
  • And have you seen the cost of a pack?

Resources to help you quit

Quitting can be challenging, but once you do, your body will reap the benefits no matter what your age. One of your best partners in this effort is your doctor or pharmacist, who can help you make a plan to quit. In addition, we encourage you to tap into these resources to help you succeed:

  • MyWHA Wellness health program: You have access to free smoking cessation courses and tools--including tips for handling triggers and withdrawal symptoms-and more. Visit

  • Classes and support groups: Discover cessation classes and support groups through our network of medical groups at You can also call 1.800.NO.BUTTS for the free California Smokers’ Helpline.

Last review date: March 4, 2021