North American Chinatown Smoke-Free Day
The 4th Annual North American Chinatown Smoke-Free Day was held on September 23rd in the auditorium of Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association in Chinatown. Numbers of community institutes, public health groups and medical insurance companies participated the event. Doctors said that the Chinese smoking rate is relatively high which can cause a severe health problem; therefore, specialists encouraged smokers to quit smoking and prevent the harm as a second-hand smoker.
Dr. Warren Chin, a cardiologist, gave a detailed explanation of the dangers of smoking and how to prevent chronic diseases caused to second-hand smokers. He encouraged smokers to quit smoking as soon as possible and live in a healthy life with families and friends. Medical associations and medical centers are also providing free examinations such as health screening and smoking cessation counseling on the spot. Dr. George Liu, president and the CEO of CAIPA, said that lung cancer is difficult to detect since patients often found out the symptoms in the late stage. People should take screening as early as possible.