Tobacco education campaign returns with powerful stories to help Chinese residents quit smoking

By the Asian Smokers’ Quitline The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) marks the eighth year of the “Tips From Former Smokers” campaign featuring real people who are living with the effects of smoking-related diseases and secondhand smoke exposure. The newest Tips ads share personal stories of smokers suffering from smoking-related illnesses — as well as the devastating impact on their families. Beginning April 1, ads will run for 27 weeks on national and cable television, online, and in magazines. “The participants in these new ads give a voice to the millions of people suffering from smoking-related chronic … Continue reading

Youth strive to stop smoking through art

Chinatown native Jason Liang, 11, drew a cigarette face with horns and a pitchfork, beside a haloed no-smoking sign. Liang’s angel and devil image won him a magnet design contest among 60 competitors this year. “I simply drew how dangerous cigarettes can cause and how not smoking can help you,” said Liang. Part of the Smoke Free Chinatown project organized by Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC), the magnet design contest engages children in its after school program Red Oak to participate in the cause and raise awareness through art. Liang’s work will be turned into magnets and handed out with … Continue reading