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Smoking and Commercial Tobacco Use

Our Health
Health information specific to American Indian and Alaska Native people

American Indians and Alaska Natives and Tobacco Use

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DHHS

Consumer Health Resources for Native American/Alaska Native Health and Smoking/Commercial Tobacco Use

Office of Minority Health, HHS

Results from the OMHRC Knowledge Center Catalog.

Tobacco 101

Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board

(PPT, 1.9 MB)

Youth Training Manual: The Sacred Circle of Tobacco

A joint project between the Missoula Indian Center, Helena Indian Alliance, and Great Falls Indian Family Health Clinic

(PDF, 721.2 KB)

Our Stories
American Indians and Alaska Native people share their personal health experiences

Michael's Ad: COPD and Smoking

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DHHS

Michael is an Alaska Native, and member of the Tlingit tribe who suffers from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.

Nathan's Ad: Secondhand Smoke and Asthma

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DHHS

Nathan, a Native American and member of the Oglala Sioux tribe, has never smoked cigarettes.

Nathan's Story

Black Hills Center for American Indian Health

Nathan shares his story about an unknown workplace exposure to secondhand smoke.  (PDF, 166 KB)

Pathway to a Healthy Life

Aboriginal Tobacco Program

This is a narrated photo voice project created by youth in Canada about how smoking affects their lives and environment, and how they stay healthy.

(This page requires the use of Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above), which can be downloaded from Adobe's Website at no charge.)

Sacred Smoke Project YouTube Channel

Northern California Indian Development Council

Provides videos about both commercial tobacco abuse and traditional tobacco use from the perspective of California Native Americans.

The Gego Zaagaswaaken (don't smoke) Program

Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Public Health Department

This 2 minute video educates about the health risk and dangers of secondhand smoke and the struggles and addictions to commercial tobacco band members face.

For Researchers, Health Professionals, and Educators
Tools for American Indian and Alaska Native people health

American Indian Adult Tobacco Survey Implementation Manual

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS

This manual is a guidance tool for American Indian tribes, tribal organizations, and other organizations that want to implement the American Indian Adult Tobacco Survey (AI ATS).  The AI ATS manual contains methods and strategies that organizations will need to conduct a scientifically rigorous survey.  It also includes step-by-step guidance on how to conduct the AI ATS, technical information, and resources.  (PDF, 3.1 MB)

Circles of tobacco wisdom: Learning about traditional and commercial tobacco with native elders

Nadeau M, Blake N, Poupart J, Rhodes K, Forster JL

Circles of Tobacco Wisdom (CTW) was an elder-led, community-based project that aimed to enhance tobacco control in the American Indian community.  Its goal was to provide elders with the knowledge, opportunities, and support to enable them to assume leadership of a tobacco control movement that was grounded in the ceremonial traditions of tobacco use.  Journal article, 2012.

Correlates of Cigarette Smoking Among Selected Southwest and Northern Plains Tribal Groups: The AI-SUPERPFP Study

Henderson P, Jacobsen C, Beals J, and the AI-SUPERPFP Team

A 2005 study published in the American Journal of Public Health.

Costs of Smoking and Secondhand Smoke Exposure in California American Indian Communities

UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

A 2010 report presents current data for tribal leaders, their members, and communities on commerical tobacco use and its negative health, economic and cultural impact. (PDF, 2.6 MB)

Evaluation of a Tailored Approach for Tobacco Dependence Treatment for American Indians

The American Journal of Health Promotion

A 2011 evaluation of a tailored approach for tobacco dependence treatment for American Indians.

How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease: The Biology and Behavioral Basis for Smoking Attributable Disease: A Report of the Surgeon General

Office on Smoking and Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

2010 report of the Surgeon General.

Manipulating a Sacred Tradition: An Investigation of Commercial Tobacco Marketing & Sales Strategies on the Navajo Nation and other Native Tribes

American Cancer Society

This report documents the strategies used by commercial tobacco companies to manipulate and target Navajo and other Indian Nations' sacred use of tobacco in an attempt to increase the industry's bottom line. These corporate campaigns have resulted in increased Native commercial tobacco consumption and addiction. (PDF, 524 KB)

Researcher Resources for Native American/Alaska Native Health and Smoking/Commercial Tobacco Use

Office of Minority Health, HHS

Results from the OMHRC Knowledge Center Catalog.

Second-Wind, First Breath: Facilitator Guide

National Partnership to Help Pregnant Smokers Quit

A smoking cessation support group curriculum for pregnant and post-partum American Indian women.  (PDF, 385 KB)

Tobacco Use Among U.S. Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

This 1998 document is a report from the Surgeon General.  Although outdated, this is the first Surgeon General's report to focus on tobacco use among ethnic minority groups in the U.S.  (PDF, 32.4 MB)

Organizations and Programs
Organizations and programs supporting health in American Indian and Alaska Native communities

All Nations Breath of Life

Center for American Indian Community Health

ANTHC Tobacco Prevention and Control Program

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

Keep It Sacred

National Native Network

Organizations for Native American/Alaska Native Health and Smoking/Commercial Tobacco Use

Office of Minority Health, HHS

Results from the OMHRC Knowledge Center Catalog.

Southwest Navajo Tobacco Education Prevention Project

Black Hills Center for American Indian Health