Striving for a Smoke Free Navajo Nation – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Research Radio. The recently passed Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act is expected to help curb smoking in the Navajo Nation, the country’s largest American Indian tribe. Dr. Patricia Nez Henderson with the non-profit, Black Hills Center for American Indian Health points out tribal healers historically used natural plants and herbs for their ceremonial practices.
Nez Henderson: But because of access and many other issues they’re beginning to use and have used commercial tobacco for their ceremonies. So now it’s just going back into these communities and educating these traditional healers that however you use commercial tobacco, it is deadly and harmful.
Narrator: For more 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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