ASIA has been working diligently to provide translated text of AAYAT’s anti-smoking brochures. Recently, May Chen, Founder of ASIA, made way to attend the book launching ceremony of “New Vision on Governance-AAYAT Anti-Smoking Brochure” in Shanghai. This wouldn’t have been possible without proper credit to Rui Zhang, former Policy, Advocacy and Development Coordinator at ASIA, who was the principle translator and editor. AAYAT has brought positive impact among youth. In recent years, the smoking rate of American teenagers is declining. Half of the 8th grade students used to smoke but currently only 16% of them try to smoke. The smoking rate of 8th grade students diminished by 75% and Asian Americans has the lowest smoking rate.
Introducing New Vision on Non-profit: Asian American Youth Anti-Tobacco Brochure Published in Shanghai (Jiefang Daily)
01-24-2015 | Author: Zhengming Ying
Yesterday, Asian Services In Action, Inc., Shanghai Institute of American Studies, Shanghai Hu Jing Hua Health Promotion Center, Shanghai Health Education Institute, WHO Shanghai Centre for Health Education and Health Promotion Cooperation and Shanghai Tobacco Control Association co-organized the book launching ceremony of “New Vision on Governance-AAYAT Anti-Smoking Brochure” in Shanghai. May Chen, ASIA, Inc.’s previous executive director coming a long way from the U.S. said this brochure focused on the implementation experience of how to publicize and promote anti-smoking among communities, schools, public areas and family environment and its content is authentic.
This brochure is newly published by Shanghai Century Publishing Group Zhongxi Press. Six professors, scholars, entrepreneur warmhearted in promoting public good helped translate relevant documents. The principle translator and editor is Rui Zhang, ASIA Inc.’s policy, advocacy and development specialist. This brochure, compiling over ten years of ASIA’s project operation experience, demonstrates each of the effective methods and boosting strategies. It is comprised of full and accurate survey reports, abundant operating cases, as well as ready-made survey templates, which is a practical operation guide on anti-smoking activities. It is said the Asian American Youth Anti-Tobacco project which had become one of ASIA’s services since 2002, has been dedicated to promoting the dangers of smoking, advocating anti-smoking among youth and has gained numerous support from communities and schools. It has brought positive impact among youth. In recent years, the smoking rate of American teenagers is declining. Half of the 8th grade students used to smoke but currently only 16% of them try to smoke. The smoking rate of 8th grade students diminished by 75% and Asian Americans has the lowest smoking rate.
The 2014 Chinese Youth Tobacco Survey Report released by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention shows the number of its middle school students who had tried tobacco products is 9.4 million. Among those who smoke cigarettes, 82.3% of them had their first time before 13. Some health education specialists think most teens during adolescence tend to get involved in tobacco to show maturity. Although relevant laws require “don’t sell cigarettes to minors”, “don’t sell cigarettes around schools”, more than 80% of students that smoke were not rejected. It is time for us to learn from the successful experience overseas and conduct extensive anti-smoking activities among youth in communities, schools and public areas. (Photographer: Ming Jian)
ASIA was also featured on the Shanghai Daily Newspaper (click here).
Congratulations to Asian Services In Action for the great strides!