DANGERS OF SMOKING IN THE AAPI COMMUNITY
Resources for the Asian American, Pacific Islander Community
Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL) (appealforhealth.org/programs/tobacco-cessation/)
Learn about tobacco control with an extensive database of facts, infographics, and research specific to the API community.
Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (A/NH/PI) communities are diverse—made up of people from more than 50 different ethnic and language groups. In general, A/NH/PI adults smoke cigarettes at a lower prevalence than other racial groups; however, this varies based on the country of heritage.
Asian Americans are people with origins from the far east or Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent. The largest subgroups originate from China, the Philippines, India, Korea, Vietnam and Japan. Additionally, Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians are often grouped with Asian Americans in surveys.
Asian Americans have the lowest cigarette smoking rates compared with other racial and ethnic groups. However, tobacco use rates vary within Asian American subgroups. Distinct differences in smoking rates between subgroups might be attributable to variations in socioeconomic status, exposure to targeted advertising and attitudes toward tobacco use.” (see graphic to right)
This campaign encourages governments to end tobacco growing subsidies and use the savings to support farmers to switch to more sustainable crops that improve food security and nutrition.
The Asia Smokers’ Quitline (ASQ) provides FREE, accessible, evidence-based smoking cessation services in Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean and Vietnamese to Asian communities in the U.S.
Develop a quitting plan that’s right for you—by working one-on-one with a trained telephone counselor. Self-help materials will also be mailed to smokers to explain the basics of quitting. Services are available in Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean and Vietnamese.
Learn the unique facets of lung health in the Asians and Pacific Islander community, including information on a wide array of conditions from asthma to pneumonia.