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Asian Americans

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 7 men smokes cigarettes (15.1%).
    • About 1 in every 20 women smokes cigarettes (4.8%).
  • Overall, about 1 in every 9 Asian American adults smokes cigarettes (9.6%).

For More Information

  • Detailed Statistics Learn about smoking in specific populations and the current rates of cigarette smoking in the United States.

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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

Quit-smoking treatments may be free or lower in price through insurance, health plans, or clinics. State Medicaid programs cover quit-smoking treatments. While the coverage varies by state, all states cover some treatments for at least some Medicaid enrollees.

Medicare currently covers two quit attempts per year and up to four face-to-face counseling sessions per attempt.

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