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The mission of the National Native Network is to enhance the quality and performance of public health systems to reduce commercial tobacco-related illnesses and cancer disparities among American Indian and Alaska Native populations.

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About The National Native Network

The National Native Network is a public health resource that serves to decrease commercial tobacco use and cancer health disparities among members of American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes across North America.


Traditional and commercial tobacco are different in the way that they are grown and used. Traditional tobacco is and has been used in sacred ways by American Indians for centuries. Its use differs by Tribe and some Tribes do not use traditional tobacco at all.

Traditional Vs. Commercial


Behavioral risk factors associated with cancer are often much higher for the AI/AN population. These include smoking, being overweight, lack of physical activity, and poor diet. Lower cancer screening rates are documented for colon and breast cancer.

Cancer Prevention

SouthEast Alaska Rural Health Consortium Solano County Improves in Policies, but Not Grades

ORIGINAL ARTICLE CREDIT:  From Vallejo Times-Herald By Irma Widjojo 2/3/2016 – Solano County cities once again received failing grades in the State of Tobacco Control 2016 report released Wednesday. However, a Solano County official said improvements have been made by municipalities, though they may not be reflected on the overall letter grades. The report, prepared by […]

Smoking Policy Olathe raises minimum age for tobacco purchases to 21

ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE From KMBC by Brian Johson 2/2/2016 – OLATHE, KS  Olathe city leaders have voted to raise the age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21. The vote Tuesday evening was 6-1 to John Bacon casting the lone dissenting vote. Thirteen people spoke out in favor of raising the age limit, citing […]

SouthEast Alaska Rural Health Consortium Missoula Grocery Stores give Children Free Fruit as Alternative to Junk Food

ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE 2/3/2016 – MISSOULA, MT  Three locally owned Missoula grocery stores are doing their part to fight childhood obesity – and help parents avoid shopping with hungry youngsters – by giving out free fruit as an alternative to junk food or candy. The Orange Street Food Farm and the two Missoula Fresh Market […]

Tobacco American Lung Association ‘State of Tobacco Control 2016’ Report Finds Policymakers Failing to Act to End Tobacco-Caused Death, Disease

ORIGINAL ARTICLE SEE YOUR STATE’S GRADES (February 3, 2016) – CHICAGO The American Lung Association released its 14th annual “State of Tobacco Control” report that finds that the increase in the use of tobacco products other than cigarettes threatens to undermine the United States’ overall progress in the fight against tobacco-caused death and disease. “While […]

Tobacco Public health advocates, retailers clash on tobacco bill

Original Article From Statesman Journal By Saerom Yoo Oregon – Public health advocates and tobacco retailers clashed Tuesday at the Oregon State Capitol, as they gave testimony on a bill that would require tobacco and e-cigarette product retailers to be licensed by the state. Retailers are supporting a compromise bill that would put most licensing power […]

Tobacco National Jewish Health Launches Commercial Tobacco Program Customized for American Indians

First of its kind Tobacco-Cessation Program designed specifically to help underserved population Native American Commercial Tobacco-users wanting to quit can call the American Indian Commercial Tobacco Quitline, 1-855-372-0037. National Jewish Health has launched a new program aimed at reducing commercial tobacco use among American Indians.  Although adult American Indian commercial tobacco users express a strong […]