Striving for a Smoke Free Navajo Nation – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Research Radio. Smoking rates have increased rapidly on the nationís Indian reservations in the past two decades. Dr. Patricia Nez Henderson with the non-profit, Black Hills Center for American Indian Health says the Navajo Nation, which includes parts of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, is a sovereign nation that sets its own policies for tobacco control.
Nez Henderson: We are currently working with the Navajo Nation in passing a comprehensive tobacco-free policy for the nation. It would prohibit the use of commercial tobacco in all public places, places of employment as well as private vehicles with children under the age of eighteen.
Narrator: For more information on Native American health, visit www.americanindianhealth.nlm.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
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