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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