Tribal Commercial Tobacco Control

As sovereign nations, Tribes have a critical role to play in addressing the public health problems posed by commercial tobacco. This is particularly true since rates of commercial tobacco use are higher among American Indian / Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations than among the general population, a fact reflected in disproportionate rates of chronic disease in AI/AN populations. Yet addressing the death and disease caused by commercial tobacco in Indian Country raises several complex issues, including the need to respect traditional tobacco use and the sovereignty of Tribes, navigate a complex area of law, and acknowledge history and culture. We hope the resources in this section of our website will be of use as members of Native communities take the lead in tackling the problem of commercial tobacco-related illnesses and cancer disparities.

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Tribal Public Health Resource   

Drafting Tribal Public Health Laws and Policies
to Reduce and Prevent Chronic Disease 

This publication is designed to assist Tribal leaders, health departments, public health advocates, and community members in thinking about how to draft written public health laws or policies for their Tribes.

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