IMPROVING OUR COMMUNITY

Through Better Health

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.

About The National Native Network »

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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.

Tobacco

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

Cancer

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

Smoking Cessation Smoking permanently damages your DNA, study finds

ORIGINAL ARTICLE by Maggie Fox of NBC News HERE Smoking scars DNA in clear patterns, researchers reported Tuesday.  Most of the damage fades over time, they found – but not all of it. Their study of 16,000 people found that while most of the disease-causing genetic footprints left by smoking fade after five years if […]

Truth Anti-smoking group, Truth, releases musical FOMO spot for MTV Video Music Awards

    The anti-tobacco movement Truth is hitting young people in their pocketbooks with a new spot called “Squadless” that makes its television debut during the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 28th. Citing statistics that say smokers earn 20% less money than their smoke-free peers, the spot by 72andSunny features hapless teen smokers […]

Smokeless Tobacco Smokers with newly discovered genetic markers have higher lung cancer risk

ORIGINAL ARTICLE from Medical News Today HERE University of Hawai’i Cancer Center researchers discovered new genetic markers associated with a fast rate of nicotine metabolism, which potentially leads smokers to smoke more, thereby, increasing their risk for lung cancer. Dr. Loïc Le Marchand, a professor and leading epidemiologist in the UH Cancer Center’s Epidemiology Program, […]

Tobacco Two thirds of US adults believe pharmacies should not sell tobacco

  Two-thirds of American adults believe pharmacies should not be allowed to sell tobacco, while 14 percent strongly oppose such a policy, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published today in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.  Researchers also found nearly half of cigarette smokers, as well as nearly […]

Vaccination HPV Vaccination Coverage Data

The latest HPV vaccination coverage estimates show that – while occurring at a slow pace – HPV vaccination is becoming more routine. Six out of 10 teen girls (63 percent) and five out of 10 teen boys (50 percent) in the United States have started the HPV vaccination series (i.e., received at least one dose […]

success-story Don’t start. You’re not missing a thing.

Ninety percent of smokers started before the age of 19, and almost a quarter of them started by the age of 10.  The younger children are when they first try smoking, the more likely they are to become regular tobacco users and the harder it will be to quit.  Shannon was one of those kids. […]