American Indians/Alaska Natives and Tobacco Use

American Indian/Alaska Native is defined by the Office of Management and Budget as "a person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment."1 There are approximately 5.4 million American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States—about 2% of the total population.2

American Indians/Alaska Natives have the highest prevalence of cigarette smoking compared to all other racial/ethnic groups in the United States. Some American Indians use tobacco for ceremonial, religious, or medicinal purposes.3 For this reason, it is important to make the distinction between commercial and traditional tobacco use.

For more information check the link below

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http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/disparities/american-indians/index.htm



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