New York State Smokers' Quitline Can Now Serve Asian Speaking Callers

ALBANY, N.Y. (Nov. 18, 2010) - The New York State Smokers' Quitline has expanded its services to help callers who speak Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Korean and Vietnamese. Tobacco users who speak these languages can now speak directly with a trained smoking cessation counselor who speaks their language.

"This week, as we observe the Great American Smokeout, New York State is taking another step to help New Yorkers quit smoking," said State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D. "The problem of smoking spans across New York's diverse communities. If you're a New Yorker who speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean or Vietnamese, we're now better able to help you quit."

The Quitline's service for Asian-speaking callers is the result of collaboration between the New York State Department of Health (DOH), which supports the New York State Smokers' Quitline, and the University of California San Diego, which operates the Asian Smokers' Quitline.

The New York State Smokers' Quitline, based at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, is a free resource available to all New York State residents and is staffed by trained English and Spanish speaking counselors. A translation service is available for other languages.

The Quitline offers a range of services tailored to the caller's schedule and needs, including a free starter kit of nicotine patches for eligible smokers; trained Quitline specialists offering help with quit plans; information about local stop-smoking programs; and tailored web-based smoking cessation support through www.nysmokefree.com .

New Yorkers can call the New York State Smokers' Quitline toll-free at 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487). Individuals who wish to speak to a counselor fluent in Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese), Korean or Vietnamese will be transferred to the Asian Smokers' Quitline. They may also call the Asian Smokers' Quitline directly. For Chinese, call 1-800-838-8917. For Korean, call 1-800-556-5564. For Vietnamese call 1-800-778-8440.