Press Conference on 2014 Wisconsin Statewide Hmong Adults Tobacco Use Survey Findings

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Contact Person: Thai Vue, Executive Director

Phone: Office – (608)781-4487, Cellular phone – (608) 518-8536

Email: thaivue@wucmaa.org

June 22, 2015

Press Conference on 2014 Wisconsin Statewide Hmong Adults Tobacco Use Survey Findings

Onalaska, Wisconsin – A press conference to release the 2014 Wisconsin Statewide Hmong Adults Tobacco Use Survey Findings will be released on:
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Wednesday, June 24, 2015 10:00 a.m. – 10:30a.m.

Hmong American Center, Inc. 1109 6th Street

Wausau, Wisconsin 54403

Smoking cigarettes and second hand cigarettes smoke are major risks for causing cancer, according to the United States’ Center for Disease Control (CDC). There are very little data available on the Hmong adults smoking prevalence, and Wisconsin United Coalition of Mutual Assistance Association, Inc. (WUCMAA) has under taken the effort to fill the gap of this lack of data. WUCMAA, a statewide non-profit organization working with local Hmong agencies and the Hmong community, has conducted statewide tobacco surveys in 2002, 2006, and now 2014. There have been significant findings among these surveys.

“Cancer is the second major cause of death among our Wisconsin Hmong adults population, according to the 2012 demographic report of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice,” said Peter Yang, WUCMAA President.

“We have successfully brought the high Hmong welfare dependency rate in the 1980s down to an average of 4% statewide for Wisconsin Hmong W-2 participants today, and we must work hard to bring the Hmong smoking rate down to save life,” said Koua Vang, Vice President of WUCMAA.

There are about 50,000 Hmong Americans residing in Wisconsin, making it the third largest Hmong population state in the U.S. The Hmong are an important part of the economic engine in the state of Wisconsin.

For more information, please contact Thai Vue, WUCMAA Executive Director, office phone (608)781-4487 or cellular phone (608)518-8536.

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