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Know the Facts


If you are Asian American, you are part of a fast-growing group with several different languages, dialects, and cultures.

  • Smoking raises your risk for cancer, heart disease, and stroke—which already are leading causes of death for Asian Americans.
  • Among Asian American adults, cigarette smoking is more common in men than women.
    • About 1 in every 6 men smokes cigarettes (16.7%).
    • About 1 in every 18 women smokes cigarettes (5.5%).
  • Overall, about 1 in every 9 Asian American adults smokes cigarettes.

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Quitting Help


To get started right now, see our I'm Ready to Quit! area, featuring a Quit Guide and an additional Quitting Resources page.

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 expand private health insurance and Medicaid coverage of proven quit-smoking treatments.

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