American Indian Tobacco Prevention Programs:
Addressing the needs of American Indian Tribal Members on and off Montana's Reservations in regards to Commercial Tobacco Addiction.
"The diseases caused by tobacco addiction remain the leading causes of death in the United States and in Montana ... Tobacco use impacts every system of the body causing many diseases such as heart disease, COPD and several types of cancer. Tobacco also complicates serious health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, asthma, mental illness and substance abuse." - Richard H. Opper, Former Director, Department of Public Health and Human Services (MTUPP Progress Report, July 2014-June 2016).
Commercial tobacco use hits every area of Native communities. Along with following the goals of MTUPP and CDC Best Practices, the American Indian Tobacco Prevention Specialists also educate local community members and youth on the traditional intent and use of the tobacco plant, incorporate cultural activities, integrate native games, and educate on traditional knowledge. These activities help to break the bonds with commercial tobacco companies and pave the way to a life free from nicotine dependence.
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American Indian Traditional Tobacco
Knowing the difference between traditional tobacco and commercial tobacco and the "intent" of use, can help break the cycle of nicotine dependence and addiction.
American Indian Statistics
According to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, commercial tobacco use is continuing to decrease among American Indian youth (grades 9-12). This is largely due to the decrease in cigarette smoking. The current smoking prevalence for this population has been cut in half since 2011 (41% to 19% in 2017). Find other youth and adult national and state facts and information on tobacco use rates.
American Indian Specific Resources
Cessation and Recovery from Commercial Tobacco Addiction and other free materials provide tribal perspective to the burden of commercial tobacco in Native communities. Order online under QuitLine materials. Other American Indian tobacco prevention media files are listed below:
American Indian Commercial Tobacco Quit Line
The Montana Tobacco Quit Line now offers a dedicated line connecting to Native coaches. A recent caller and long time smoker never thought she would be able to quit, but with the help of the American Indian Quit Line, where she found the coaches "pleasant to converse with and very informative", she is now two months smoke free.
Clean Air Policies
American Indian Tobacco Prevention Programs offer assistance with developing smokefree policies for local businesses, events, colleges, K-12 schools, and multi-unit housing.