Quit smoking and reduce lung cancer risk this Chinese New Year
This Chinese New Year, make a resolution to quit smoking and reduce your risk
for lung cancer.
In 2005, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene hosted a smoking
cessation campaign for New York City’s Chinese community. The campaign,
featuring family portraits with one relative shown fading into the background,
appeared on subway billboards throughout Chinatown.
“Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in New York and the
nation,” said DOHMH Commissioner Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH. “Recent studies
have shown smoking rates as high as 36 percent among Chinese men, putting themselves
and their families at risk for preventable illness and death, including heart
disease, cancer and stroke. Furthermore, secondhand smoke can lead to heart
attacks and lung cancer in adults, and babies whose parents smoke have greater
change of developing asthma and other respiratory ailments. If you smoke,
quitting is the most important thing you can do to improve your health and the
health of your loved ones. It will also save you thousands of dollars a year and
reduce your personal insurance costs.”
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