Nearly one in five Asian American men in New York City smokes tobacco. Cigarette smoke has more than 7,000 chemicals, including 70 known to cause cancer. Many people know that smoking can lead to lung cancer, but it can lead to other cancers and diseases too. Smoking also increases your chance of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and infertility. Exposure to secondhand smoke is particularly harmful to children, increasing the risk of asthma, sudden infant death syndrome, and many respiratory problems.
Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE)
A community-based organization that offers free individual counseling, help developing a quit plan, and free nicotine patches or gum if eligible.
1-212-979-8988 (English, Mandarin, Cantonese)
Asian Smokers’ Quitline (ASQ)
A free nationwide Asian-language phone quit smoking service. They offer self-help materials, local program referrals, one-on-one telephone counseling, and free nicotine patches sent to your home. Call Monday to Friday, 10am - 12 midnight, Eastern Time.
- Chinese-language video campaigns, World Lung Foundation and Vital Strategies
- Still Smoking? Health Bulletin, NYCDOHMH
- How to Make Your Home Smoke-Free, NYCDOHMH
- Quit Smoking Programs in NYC, NYCDOHMH
- Quit to Save Brochure, NYCDOHMH
- Smoke Free Housing Facts, NYCDOHMH
- U.S. National Library of Medicine
Quit Smoking Medication Discount and Coverage
- NYC BigAppleRx Prescription Discount Card
- Discount on over-the-counter and prescription medications
- Card is free; medication costs vary (average savings 15% to 47% on brand name and 53% on generic drugs)
- Call 311 or visit bigapplerx.com to print card or write down discount code to use at the pharmacy
- Medicaid Coverage for Quit Smoking Medications