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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

Smoke Free Policies Local Smoke-Free Laws Tied to Fewer Lung Cancer Cases

ORIGINAL ARTICLE FROM HealthDay HERE TUESDAY, Dec. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Communities with strong smoke-free workplace laws have lower lung cancer rates than those with no smoke-free laws, researchers report. The new study was conducted in Kentucky, which has one of the highest lung cancer rates in the United States. University of Kentucky researchers […]

Urban The Relationship Between Neighborhood Disorder and Barriers to Cessation in a Sample of Impoverished Inner-city Smokers in Baltimore, Maryland, USA

FULL ARTICLE FROM HERE Abstract Introduction:  Economic disparities in rates of smoking have been well documented in many countries.  These disparities exist on an individual and geographic or neighborhood level.  This cross-sectional study examined the relationship between neighborhood physical and social disorder and barriers to smoking cessation among an impoverished urban sample. Methods:  A […]

Smoke Free Attitudes Toward Smoke-Free Public Housing Among U.S. Adults, 2016

CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE FROM Abstract Introduction:  Effective February 2017, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development published a rule requiring each public housing agency to implement a smoke-free policy within 18 months.  This study assessed the prevalence and determinants of favorability toward smoke-free public housing among U.S. adults. Methods:  Data from […]

Tribal Housing Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing Calculator

CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE This new easy-to-use tool will help you calculate the cost of turning over a smoking unit vs. a non-smoking unit. Directions Enter identifying information about the apartment unit being calculated including: Address or general location Number of bedrooms Number of bathrooms Any additional details or notes, such as square footage, […]

nnn Some chemicals in smoke may be even more dangerous than previously thought

ORIGINAL ARTICLE BY Garth Sundem OF Medical Xpress HERE It’s no surprise that chemicals in smoke cause cancer, but a new study published in the Archives of Toxicology shows that some chemicals in cigarette smoke and industrial processes may be more dangerous than previously thought.  Though most “low molecular weight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons” (LMW PAHs) have […]

Lifetime healthcare costs Estimating health benefits and cost-savings for achieving the Healthy People 2020 objective of reducing invasive colorectal cancer

FULL ARTICLE FROM SCIENCEDIRECT.COM HERE Abstract This study aims to quantify the aggregate potential life-years (LYs) saved and healthcare cost-savings if the Healthy People 2020 objective were met to reduce invasive colorectal cancer (CRC) incidence by 15%. We identified patients (n = 886,380) diagnosed with invasive CRC between 2001 and 2011 from a nationally representative cancer dataset. […]