Subscribe to minority women's health email updates.
Check out our quitting smoking section.
About 1 in 4 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander women smokes. Smoking is the biggest risk factor for lung cancer. And research suggests that Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders who smoke are more likely to develop lung cancer than other smokers.
Smoking increases your risk of major health problems, including:
Women who smoke are at increased risk of cervical cancer. Women who take birth control pills and also smoke have a higher risk of stroke.
Smoking can make illnesses last longer and make it harder to get pregnant.
Smoking during pregnancy can cause the baby to be born too early and other problems. Smoking is also a risk factor for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
On top of all the health problems caused by smoking, it also stains your teeth, fingers, and fingernails, gives you bad breath, and causes wrinkles.
Read more from womenshealth.gov
Smoking and How to Quit — These pages from womenshealth.gov empower women to quit smoking and all forms of tobacco use. Learn why quitting matters to your health, your quality of life, and the health of others. The site also offers strategies that can help you quit for good.
Explore other publications and websites
Heart Disease and Asians and Pacific Islanders — this web page provides up-to-date statistics about Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders and heart disease, obesity, hypertension, cholesterol, smoking, and more.
Connect with other organizations
American Cancer Society
American Lung Association
Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum
Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership
Content last updated May 18, 2010.
Resources last updated May 18, 2010.
A federal government website managed by the Office on Women's Health in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
200 Independence Avenue, S.W. • Washington, DC 20201