11 | 15 | 2017

NYC Smoke-Free and Charles B. Wang Community Health Center Host Great American Smokeout Event


Vanessa Yvon
Phone: (718) 704-5076
Email: vyvon@healthsolutions.org

Queens, NY - Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout, challenging one another to stop using tobacco and raise awareness about the many tools available to help them quit for good.

Despite progress in reducing smoking rates, tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the nation. In New York City, more than 12,000 residents die every year from smoking-related illnesses. The numbers among the Asian American population are even more disparate.

“In New York City today, one in four Asian men smoke. Lung cancer deaths have increased by 70% in the Chinese community over the past decade,” said Regina Lee, Esq., Executive Vice President Public Affairs of Charles B. Wang Community Health Center.

This year, Public Health Solutions’ NYC Smoke-Free Program in collaboration with Senator Stavisky’s Office and the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center (CBWCHC) are highlighting the Quit Smoking Program available at CBWCHC at their Flushing location. The Quit Smoking Program offers free in-person and phone counseling to patients and community members by a trained health coach and offer free nicotine patches and gum for eligible smokers. “The Health Center’s Quit Smoking Program provides bilingual Chinese and English counseling to smokers who want to quit,” added Ms. Lee.

“Smoking, like any addiction, is hard to give up,” said Senator Stavisky. “It requires dedication and support, which is why this program is so great. It provides support and information on the resources available for those hoping to quit smoking. I want to thank the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center and Public Health Solutions for committing to making New York smoke free.”

“Even though tobacco companies manipulated cigarettes to make them more addictive and millions of smokers have died, the Great American Smokeout is a day when people who use tobacco can take the first step in putting a plan in place to break their nicotine addiction,” said Vanessa Yvon of Public Health Solutions. “The Charles B. Wang Community Health Center Quit Smoking Program is a great resource.”

Resources to quit are available by calling, the NYS Smokers’ Quitline 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866- 697-8487). In fact, most health insurances, including Medicare and Medicaid, cover various resources for smoking cessation and patients are encouraged to talk to their providers about the right strategy to help them quit.

For more information on Public Health Solutions’ NYC Smoke-Free program or to lend support in ending NYC’s devastating tobacco epidemic, please visit www.NYCSmokeFree.org or follow us on social media at facebook.com/NYCSmokeFree or Twitter @NYCSmokeFree.


NYC Smoke-Free - a program of Public Health Solutions, NYC Smoke-Free works to protect the health of New Yorkers through tobacco control policy, advocacy, and education. Formerly the NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City, we partner with community members, legislators, and health advocates to support local efforts to end the devastating tobacco epidemic throughout NYC. We believe every New Yorker has the right to breathe clean, smoke-free air where they live, work and play.

Public Health Solutions - As one of the largest public health service nonprofit organizations in New York City, Public Health Solutions improves health among the city’s most vulnerable populations by tackling social, physical, and environmental factors that impact New Yorkers’ ability to thrive. Today PHS serves 200,000+ New Yorkers annually, and we support the work of more than 600 community-based nonprofit organizations. We implement innovative, cost-effective population-based health programs; conduct research providing insight on effective public health interventions; and provide services to government and other nonprofits to address public health issues. Together with our colleagues in the service sector, government, philanthropy and policy organizations, we are thought leaders and cutting-edge public health professionals in New York City and New York State. To learn more, please visit us at www.healthsolutions.org.