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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.

Subpopulation Cigarette Smoking Rate
Korean 26.6%
Vietnamese 21.5%
Filipino 16.7%
Japanese 12.1%
Asian Indian 11.9%
Chinese 8.8%

Why is this important?

Smoking increases your risk for cancer, heart disease, and stroke — which already are leading causes of death for Asian Americans.

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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 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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