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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

Register-Guard Eugene’s parks go smoke-free on June 1, but city will be soft on enforcement for three months

ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE from The Register-Guard Eugene’s city-owned parks and natural areas will go smoke-free starting ­Wednesday. But violators will receive the white-glove treatment for the first three months of the smoking ban. June 1 kicks off the three-month “education period” ­before officials begin enforcing the smoking ban with ­citations. The education effort will include […]

Newsletter National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP) – May 16, 2016 Newsletter

The National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program released it’s weekly newsletter today. Click here to view:  CANCER AND RELATED NEWS, Week of May 16, 2016