your internet resource on facebook on twitter on Google+ on soundcloud
phone: 202 630 8439
Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines

printer friendly version
CDC: Smoking rates highest among Native Americans
Monday, February 2, 2004

American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest rate of cigarette use in the nation, according to statistics released on Friday.

Current smoking among Native Americans surpassed all other racial and ethnic groups, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported. Rates were equally high for Native youth and adults during the years 1999 through 2001.

For Native youth ages 12-17, 29.5 percent reported cigarette use. This was more than twice the rate of smoking by Whites, nearly three times the rate among Hispanics, nearly four times the rate among African-Americans and nearly five times the rate among Asians.

For Native adults, the rate of smoking was even higher -- 40 percent. In contrast, cigarette use among Whites, African-Americans and Hispanics hovered around 30 percent while smoking among Asians was reported at 24.1 percent.

Led by Surgeon General Richard Carmona, government officials and researchers said the disparities can be attributed to several factors. Parental and community disapproval is high among African-American and Hispanic groups, they said.

"However ... current smoking prevalence is the result of complex interactions of multiple factors, including socioeconomic status, cultural characteristics, acculturation, stress, advertising, cigarette prices, parental and community disapproval, and abilities of local communities to mount effective tobacco-control initiatives," the group wrote in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a publication of the CDC.

The data contained in the report was based on information from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Thousands of Americans participate in the survey every year, providing a snapshot of of tobacco, alcohol and ilicit drug use throughout the country.

Results from the past several years show that Indian Country is on top in almost every category. Among Native youth, tobacco and illicit drug use is particularly high.

The surveys also show that there has been little change in behaviors among American Indians and Alaska Natives. While tobacco use among all Americans has dropped over the years, the rates are stated for Natives.

To reverse the situation, government experts say "interventions are needed" to lower cigarette use among racial and ethnic groups with high rates. They say more education and tapping a community's strengths can help.

"Tobacco-control initiatives based on these practices can reduce disparities related to smoking prevalence, exposure to secondhand smoke, and the burden of smoking-related disease," Carmona and the others wrote.

The report was published 40 years after the very first Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health. The report led to widespread efforts to reduce cigarette usage, including a ban on tobacco advertising on broadcast media and development of better treatments.

According to the CDC, these and other efforts have resulted in a major drop in smoking in the past 40 years. "However, despite this progress, smoking remains the foremost preventable cause of death in the United States," the CDC says. "Each year approximately 440,000 persons die from illnesses attributed to smoking."

Get the Study:
Prevalence of Cigarette Use Among 14 Racial/Ethnic Populations --- United States, 1999--2001 | 40th Anniversary of the First Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health

Relevant Links:
Tobacco Control, Indian Health Service -

Related Stories:
Survey finds high-risk behaviors among BIA students (11/13)
Smoking rates among Natives highest in nation (10/10)
Study links childhood experience to alcohol abuse (09/19)
Indian Country tops drug report again (9/17)
Native youth top drug use survey again (09/06)
Native youth targeted in anti-drug ads (5/17)
Native youth heaviest smokers in nation (4/3)
Report: Native youth highest drug users (10/5)
Tribal tobacco challenges dismissed (9/5)
CDC: Indian mothers heaviest smokers (8/29)
Tribal challenge to big tobacco dismissed (7/17)
Report: Native women heaviest smokers (3/28)
Smoking in Indian Country (3/28)
Ad campaign targets youth drug use (9/7)
Drug use high among Native youth (9/1)

Copyright � 2000-2003 Indianz.Com
More headlines...

Latest Headlines:

Pro-tribal and pro-Trump? Choctaw citizen seeks voice in Congress
Doug George-Kanentiio: Remember the victims of My Lai massacre
Native Sun News Today: Three rez teams head to basketball finals
Jenni Monet: What the movement at Standing Rock gave the world
High Country News: Harassment pervades Bureau of Indian Affairs
Mary Annette Pember: Film looks at sterilization of Indian women
Secretary Zinke criticized for offering Japanese greeting at hearing
Red Lake Nation calls for removal of oil pipelines from reservation
Pamunkey Tribe announces plans for $700 million gaming facility
Indian students demand action to prevent violence at their schools
Cronkite News: Nationwide walkout a month after deadly shooting
YES! Magazine: Students explain why they want stronger gun laws
Former San Manuel Band leader aims to make history in California
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe off to court on uranium
Mark Trahant: Ready for change? 11 Native candidates are running
Mary Annette Pember: Tribes take action to fight human trafficking
Conservative group claims victory in Indian Child Welfare Act case
Kiowa Tribe prepares to debut new casino with more in the works
Cherokee Nation set to break ground on gaming expansion project
Bill authorizes ball and dice games at tribal casinos in Oklahoma
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs convenes hearing on opioids
Republicans advance bill to prevent name changes at sacred site
Sentences handed down for child abuse on Pine Ridge Reservation
Housing Secretary Carson played role in buying $31K furniture set
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation takes lead in rewarding teachers
Native Sun News Today: Standing Rock youth are a big hit in D.C.
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Questioning a new 'Indian education' effort
YES! Magazine: Elders and warriors keep close watch on pipeline
Tulalip Tribes head to trial in closely-watched dual taxation case
Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians halts charitable bingo
Quapaw Tribe sees another setback with gaming bid in Arkansas
Winnebago Tribe sends basketball team to championships again
Indian lawmaker welcomes tribal delegation to Nebraska Capitol
Sen. Elizabeth Warren still faces Indian heritage questions, jokes
Native Sun News Today: Inmate learns lesson from brutal crime
Ivan Star Comes Out: I was raised to believe that God was White
Graham Lee Brewer: Attacks on Indian Child Welfare Act are real
Cronkite News: Students call for stronger gun control measures
Choctaw Nation welcomes Irish prime minister for historic visit
Agua Caliente Band opposes proposal to ban short term rentals
Indigenous game helps arrivals, new and old, preserve traditions
Tule River Tribe seeks local support for off-reservation casino bid
Nooksack Tribe scores as Trump administration recognizes council
Aquinnah Wampanoag citizen launches 2nd bid in Massachusetts
National Indian Gaming Association hosts big meeting in Vegas
Tim Giago: Native Americans are dying from diabetes every year
Arne Vainio: 'The doctor missed my cancer. How can I trust him?'
Jacqueline Keeler: Why reading Sherman Alexie was never enough
Albert Bender: Thought-provoking 'Hostiles' deserves to be seen
Cronkite News: Native family carries on traditions through dance
Mary Annette Pember: Falling short on protecting Native women
Rep. Cole seeks to put Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act in funding bill
Man from Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe accused in assault at casino
>>> more headlines...

Home | Arts & Entertainment | Business | Canada | Cobell Lawsuit | Education | Environment | Federal Recognition | Federal Register | Forum | Health | Humor | Indian Gaming | Indian Trust | Jack Abramoff Scandal | Jobs & Notices | Law | National | News | Opinion | Politics | Sports | Technology | World

Indianz.Com Terms of Service | Indianz.Com Privacy Policy
About Indianz.Com | Advertise on Indianz.Com

Indianz.Com is a product of Noble Savage Media, LLC and Ho-Chunk, Inc.