Advancing smoke-free policy adoption on the Navajo nation

Patricia Nez Henderson, April Roeseler, Gregg Moor, Hershel W. Clark, Alfred Yazzie, Priscilla Nez, Chantal Nez, Samantha Sabo, Scott Leischow

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Abstract

Background Comprehensive smoke-free laws are effective at protecting non-smokers and reducing tobacco use, yet they are not widely adopted by tribal governments. Methods A series of smoke-free policy initiatives on the Navajo Nation, beginning in 2008, were reviewed to identify key issues, successes and setbacks. Results It has been essential that proposed policies acknowledge the Navajo people’s spiritual use of nát’oh, a sacred plant used for gift-giving, medicinal purposes and traditional ceremonies, while simultaneously discouraging a secular use of commercial tobacco. Concern that smoke-free policies economically harm tribal casinos has been a major barrier to broad implementation of comprehensive smoke-free laws in Navajo Nation. Conclusions It is necessary for tobacco control researchers and advocates to build relationships with tribal leaders and casino management in order to develop the business case that will take comprehensive smokefree policies to scale throughout tribal lands.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)i26-i31
JournalTobacco Control
Volume25
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Disparities
  • Priority/special populations
  • Public policy
  • Secondhand smoke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Henderson, P. N., Roeseler, A., Moor, G., Clark, H. W., Yazzie, A., Nez, P., ... Leischow, S. (2016). Advancing smoke-free policy adoption on the Navajo nation. Tobacco Control, 25, i26-i31. https://doi.org/10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2016-053109

Advancing smoke-free policy adoption on the Navajo nation. / Henderson, Patricia Nez; Roeseler, April; Moor, Gregg; Clark, Hershel W.; Yazzie, Alfred; Nez, Priscilla; Nez, Chantal; Sabo, Samantha; Leischow, Scott.

In: Tobacco Control, Vol. 25, 01.10.2016, p. i26-i31.

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Henderson, PN, Roeseler, A, Moor, G, Clark, HW, Yazzie, A, Nez, P, Nez, C, Sabo, S & Leischow, S 2016, 'Advancing smoke-free policy adoption on the Navajo nation', Tobacco Control, vol. 25, pp. i26-i31. https://doi.org/10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2016-053109
Henderson PN, Roeseler A, Moor G, Clark HW, Yazzie A, Nez P et al. Advancing smoke-free policy adoption on the Navajo nation. Tobacco Control. 2016 Oct 1;25:i26-i31. https://doi.org/10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2016-053109
Henderson, Patricia Nez ; Roeseler, April ; Moor, Gregg ; Clark, Hershel W. ; Yazzie, Alfred ; Nez, Priscilla ; Nez, Chantal ; Sabo, Samantha ; Leischow, Scott. / Advancing smoke-free policy adoption on the Navajo nation. In: Tobacco Control. 2016 ; Vol. 25. pp. i26-i31.
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