Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 356–363 | Cite as

Smoking Among Chinese Livery Drivers

  • Jennifer C. LengEmail author
  • Lei Lei
  • Shu Fang Lei
  • Zhiying Zhu
  • Nancy Mo
  • Brian Sou
  • Imran Mujawar
  • Francesca Gany
Original Paper


We aimed to assess a key risk factor for lung cancer, smoking, in a vulnerable group, Chinese livery drivers in New York City (NYC). This is a nested cohort study conducted in the summer/fall of 2014 within a larger NIMHD-funded R24 program, the Taxi Network. The Taxi Network Needs Assessment (TNNA) survey was administered to a broad demographic of drivers. This study reports on the TNNA survey smoking-related results among NYC Chinese livery drivers. 97 drivers participated. Mean age was 44.7 years, 2.1% were English proficient, and 23.4% were living below the poverty line. Most were insured (82.5%), had a PCP (82.5%), and had had a routine check-up within the past year (79%). 73% were current or former smokers. Culturally and linguistically tailored smoking cessation interventions, strategies to mitigate exposure to air pollution, and programs to facilitate lung cancer screening should be developed and implemented for high-risk Chinese livery drivers.


Lung cancer Smoking Air pollution Chinese Livery drivers 



This publication was supported by the National Institutes of Health under Award Numbers R24MD008058, U01MD010648, and P30CA008748. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health. J. Leng conceived and supervised the study, and led the writing; L. Lei, S.F. Lei, Z. Zhu, N. Mo, and B. Sou conducted the data collection; I. Mujawar conducted the statistical analysis, and F. Gany supervised the study. The article contents have not been previously presented elsewhere. The authors have no conflicts of interest or financial disclosures to report.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer C. Leng
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Lei Lei
    • 1
  • Shu Fang Lei
    • 1
  • Zhiying Zhu
    • 1
  • Nancy Mo
    • 1
  • Brian Sou
    • 1
  • Imran Mujawar
    • 1
  • Francesca Gany
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities ServiceMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Department of MedicineMemorial Sloan Kettering Cancer CenterNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Department of Healthcare Policy and ResearchWeill Cornell Medical CollegeNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.Department of MedicineWeill Cornell Medical CollegeNew YorkUSA

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