In North Carolina 36 percent of American Indian adults smoke. That means the smoking rate for American Indians is higher than that of whites (22%), African Americans (22%), and Hispanics (16%). Because of this, American Indian/Native American smokers, are at high risk of suffering from smoking-related diseases such as cancer, heart disease, lung disease and stroke. One troubling statistic is that 56 percent of American Indian youth in Bureau of Indian Affairs high schools in the U.S. smoke.
If you are interested in quitting, there are resources to help you quit.
provides the coaching and support that can help you quit. They can send you materials in the mail and offer other tools to help you get started on your tobacco-free life.
Heritage Month Toolkit
You can find many more facts and information, including downloadable PowerPoint presentations, posters and ads: The Heritage Month Toolkit.
Short Report: Tobacco and American Indian Youth in N.C.
Here is the most recent report on American Indian teens and tobacco use in N.C.