Asian Americans: The Burden of Tobacco-Related Disease & Death

Did you know that Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders continue to face a disproportionate burden of tobacco-related disability, disease and death?

    • 39% of Cambodians, 48% of Laotians and 51% of Vietnamese use tobacco compared to 12% of Asian Americans and 22% of Whites.
    • 21% of Korean women and 23% of Pacific Islander women smoke compared to 10% of California women.
    • Pacific Islander youth start smoking earlier than any other ethnic or racial group.
    • Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders smokers are more likely to smoke menthol cigarettes than the general population.

Learn more about tobacco use among Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations in California: Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL)