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ITCMI AICTP Success Story 2020

Download Success Story (PDF) In 2019, the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan’s Three Fires Comprehensive Cancer Consortium Program increased its use of media to run culturally tailored tobacco digital ads which focused on cancer prevention through smoking cessation.  The ads resulted in a significant response to the call to action to dial the American Indian Commercial […]

Four sovereign tribal casinos have chosen to reopen with 100% smoke-free indoor policies

From Americans for Non Smokers Rights and Breathe Easy with $mokefree Casinos. These are the first smoke-free casinos in Michigan: Island Resort & Casino Leelanau Sands Casino & Lodge Odawa Casino Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel As sovereign tribal casino properties (not subject to state law), the leadership of each of these casinos are adopting […]

Great American Smokeout Cigarette Butt Pickup Downtown Wrangell

From Tammi Meissner, Health Educator, SEARHC The Wrangell High School Cheerleaders assisted Tammi Meissner, Wrangell SEARHC Health Promotion, with picking up cigarette butts, on main street of downtown Wrangell on 11/5/2019 in celebration of this year’s Great American Smokeout held nationally on the third Thursday of each November.  GASO falls on November 21 this year.  […]

Sitka Community Cigarette Butt Cleanup Success Story

From Tammi Meissner, Health Educator, SEARHC Challenge: The Alaska statewide smoke-free law passed in July of 2018, going into effect on October 1, 2018.  The law passed with an opt out clause.  This means that any governing body on a local community level can potentially opt out of the law if proper procedures are followed […]

SB 63 is a win for Alaska Natives

As a health educator, I work in communities using evidence-based strategies to help with changing social norms, system changes, cessation and advancement of smoke and tobacco free workplaces.  I also act as a resource to community leaders, organizations, businesses, and Alaskan Native Tribes in identifying and reducing the impact of tobacco within their communities.  I […]

Native Americans in Michigan share their Commercial Tobacco Success Stories

VIEW FULL VIDEOS EMBEDDED BELOW Four Native Americans residing in Michigan have volunteered to share their success stories about giving up smoking cigarettes to lead a healthier lifestyle. Valorie Glazier of Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians, Kimberly Leapley and Jacques LeBlanc both of the Bay Mills Indian Community, and Christopher Polasky of the […]

American Indian Commercial Tobacco Program offers free nicotine, gum, or lozenges through May 31

SAULT STE. MARIE — Thinking about quitting commercial tobacco?  The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is expanding its telephone and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) program to all Michigan residents through May 31. During this time, the American Indian Commercial Tobacco Program and the Michigan Tobacco Quitline will offer a free, two-week supply […]

Blog: You Can Quit Smoking at Any Age

By Tammi Meissner – SEARHC WRANGELL, Alaska – My Grandma, Yvonne (Bakke) Stough, started smoking in 1942 at the age of 17.  Grandma said “I started smoking because everybody smoked.  Back then we didn’t know it was bad for you.” She married my Grandpa Richard Stough, in 1949.  He smoked an average of three packs […]

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