Know the Facts
If you are Asian American, you are part of a population with several languages, dialects, and cultures. Smoking is less common among Asian Americans than other racial/ethnic groups in the United States. (For example, about one in ten Asian American adults smokes cigarettes.) However, cigarette smoking varies among the different subpopulations.
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Why is this important?
Smoking increases your risk for cancer, heart disease, and stroke — which already are leading causes of death for Asian Americans.
For More Information
- Detailed Statistics For detailed statistics on how smoking affects groups across the United States, please see our Current Cigarette Smoking Among Specific Populations — United States on our Cigarette Smoking in the United States page.
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You can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
Quitline coaches can answer questions, help you develop a quit plan, and provide support.
Free help is also available through the following Asian-language quitlines:
- Mandarin and Cantonese: 1-800-838-8917
- Korean: 1-800-556-5564
- Vietnamese: 1-800-778-8440
Medicare currently covers quit-smoking treatments. The benefit covers two tobacco cessation attempts per year and up to four face-to-face counseling sessions per attempt.
Several provisions of the Affordable Care Act that take effect in 2014 will expand private health insurance and Medicaid coverage of proven quit-smoking treatments, including counseling and FDA-approved cessation medications.
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Atlanta, Georgia 30341-3717