In our last blog post, we listed some reasons why a panel of doctors, public health experts and Asian-American community leaders think smoking rates are so high in our city’s Asian-American communities.
The panel also offered some strategies we can use moving forward:
- Create educational media campaigns that are mindful of cultural and language differences.
- Educate medical practitioners who service the Asian-American community on how to encourage patients to quit.
- Increase educational outreach to specific subgroups of the Asian-American community with higher smoking rates.
- Promote alternative ways of reducing stress including exercise.
- Support community health worker approach—healthcare providers must speak the patient’s native language and understand cultural differences.
- Support tobacco-free pharmacy policy and educate the pharmacy community about its importance.
- Advertise and secure earned media in ethnic media.
- Educate Asian-American small businesses about tobacco marketing and its effects on youth.
- Increase cessation resources for the Asian-American community.
We look forward to working with our community partners who service and support the NYC Asian-American community to reduce smoking rates and prevent youth from lighting up.