Many people know that smoking can cause lung cancer, but it can lead to other cancers and diseases, too. Smoking increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and infertility. Children who breathe in cigarette smoke (secondhand smoke) have a higher risk for sudden infant death syndrome, ear infections, and breathing problems. Even the chemicals left behind by smoke in one’s clothing, hair, and furniture (thirdhand smoke) are harmful.
In New York City, about one in four Asian American men smoke tobacco. If you or a family member needs help quitting smoking, the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center can help.
Additional Quit Smoking Help
- Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE)
A community-based organization that offers free individual counseling, advice on healthy lifestyle behaviors, and free nicotine patches or gum if eligible.
(212) 979-8988 or (718) 686-8223
English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Fuzhounese, Taishanese
NYC Department of Health
Quit Smoking Medication Discount and Coverage
- Asian Smokers’ Quitline (ASQ)
A free nationwide Asian-language phone quit smoking service. They offer self-help materials, one-on-one telephone counseling, and free nicotine patches sent to your home. Call Monday to Friday, 10am - 12 midnight, Eastern Time.
- Other quit smoking programs in NYC (English / Chinese)
- New York State Smokers’ Quitline
1-866-NY-QUITS (697-8487) (English, Spanish)
- BigAppleRx is a free card that provides discounts on over-the-counter and prescription medications
- Medicaid coverage for quit smoking medications (English / Chinese)