Tobacco Use Among AA & NHPI Communities Focus of Health Journal

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OAKLAND, Calif. – Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL) and Health Promotion Practice (HPP) released this week a special journal supplement that details tobacco use in the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AA & NHPI) communities.

“Tobacco use amongst AAs & NHPIs continues to remain high, and community members then suffer health consequences,” said APPEAL Executive Director Rod Lew, who was a guest editor for the issue. “That is why this issue of Health Promotion Practice is so important, and why we need to work together to advocate for the health of our communities.”

The 88-page supplement, “Promising Practices to Eliminate Tobacco Disparities Among Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Communities,” includes 10 peer-reviewed articles that provide new data, insights and lessons on tobacco research, culturally tailored approaches, impacts of policy changes and the role of the tobacco industry on the use of tobacco among AA & NHPI communities.

Tobacco use continues to be the single most preventable cause of death for all groups in the United States, including AAs & NHPIs. Men’s smoking rates among Pacific Islanders (35.7 percent) and Vietnamese (30.7 percent) are almost double those of all men in California, according to the 2009 California Health Interview Survey. Rates are also high among Korean (21.5 percent) and Filipino men (18.7 percent).

For information about APPEAL’s strategies for tobacco control, visit www.appealforcommunities.org

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