Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States. As of 2018, about 34 million US adults smoke cigarettes. Every day about 1,600 young people under 18 try their first cigarette and nearly 200 become daily cigarette smokers. CDC
Our program aims to bring community awareness and education regarding tobacco prevention and cessation in the Hmong community. We address tobacco-related disparities by promoting community-driven tobacco prevention and control activities and strategies. Our goal is to increase the community’s knowledge of and access to resources, support, and referrals of cessation services while engaging with leaders to take action to prevent tobacco use in their communities.
Pathways to Success Program
Pathways to Success is a culturally specific youth group for ages 14-24 that aims to reduce commercial tobacco use in the Hmong community through education, leadership development, and dialogue on tobacco prevention and cessation. Through a comprehensive Tobacco 101 Training, youth are challenged to think critically about the tobacco industry and Hmong practices that involve commercial tobacco. Youth also participate in outreach, various events and projects.
Please contact our Tobacco Prevention Coordinator for further information: PaDee Vue | 651-412-7312 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Tobacco Cessation Services
HAP is committed to improving the health of the communities we serve and supports healthy behaviors and lifestyle choices. If you or a loved one are thinking about quitting tobacco use, please contact our Tobacco Prevention Coordinator who can refer you to Quit Partner services, provide additional resources, and support you in quitting at your own pace.
For more information on QUIT PARTNER services: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-6889) | https://quitpartnermn.com/
Tobacco use during COVID-19
Research shows that individuals that smoke are more likely to develop severe symptoms of COVID-19 due to a compromised immune system from tobacco use.
Hmong American Partnership is a recipient of the Minnesota Department of Health Tobacco Free Communities grant, which aims to reduce and prevent youth tobacco use and address tobacco-related disparities in Minnesota. Learn more: https://www.health.state.mn.us/tfc