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Study finds high rate of smoking among youth


Research published in the May 2005 issue of the American Journal of Public Health found an extremely high rate of smoking among Native youth.

Dr. Patricia Nez Henderson, a member of the Navajo Nation, looked at smoking rates among members of a tribe in the Southwest and another in the Northern Plains. She examined adults and youth as part of the study.

The results showed that 25 to 30 percent of the Southwest tribe's youths smoke. More than 50 percent of the South Dakota tribe's youth smoked, the study found.

Among adults, 10 percent of the Southwest tribe smoke, a rate comparable with the rest of the nation. The adult rate for the Northern Plains tribe was not reported by The Rapid City Journal.

Get the Story:
Study examines Indian smoking (The Rapid City Jorunal 7/11)

Relevant Links:
American Journal of Public Health - http://www.ajph.org

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