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) 

Focus on Women & Girls

MotheCampaign for TFreer’s Day was this past weekend, and we hope every woman who is a mother or a mother figure was celebrated. We want to share a message from theCampaign for Tobacco-Free Kids:
Now is the time to make plans to raise awareness about the impact of tobacco use on women and families in your community, as well as spark interest in and support for your tobacco control activities. There are a number of activities that you can do to celebrate moms and raise awareness about this important issue. Consider identifying a woman in your community who can talk about how she successfully quit with the help of your state’s tobacco control program, or even a woman who is willing to share her ongoing struggle with tobacco addiction. You can partner her message with facts about tobacco use among females in your community and quit-smoking resources.

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Do you know who California’s tobacco-related priority populations are?

According to the 2015-2017 Toward a Tobacco-Free California Master Plan, priority populations are groups that have higher rates of tobacco use than the general population, experience greater secondhand smoke exposure at work and at home, are disproportionately targeted by the tobacco industry, and have higher rates of tobacco-related disease compared to the general population. Individuals may be members of more than one priority popula­tion.

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Supporting Local Lead Agencies Serving Priority Populations!

Project Director, Oralia Vallejo (center)

Project Director, Oralia Vallejo (center)

Connecting with Kings County
After connecting her with a LOOP Technical Assistance Trainer (TAT), the Kings County Tobacco Control Program Project Director, Oralia Vallejo, told the LOOP:

“Indeed, [connecting us with a LOOP TAT] is wonderful news! Kings County is the small county south of Fresno that is always overlooked, and yet we have so much work yet to do in tobacco. We have limited resources, and yet our smoking rate is at 16%…you have truly made my day and weekend. I look forward to working with [the TAT] to raise the level of awareness of the issue of tobacco use in Kings County.”