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J Cancer Educ. 2005 Spring;20(1 Suppl):97-100.

The high incidence of cigarette smoking among American indians of the Northern Plains.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

American Indians present with high rates of diabetes and smoking.

METHODS:

A randomized intervention was implemented on 4 Plains Indian reservations. Information on chronic diseases, nutrition, and exercise was presented interactively. In this article, we specifically discuss the high risk behavior of cigarette smoking.

RESULTS:

Findings indicate an extremely high smoking rate of 57.8% overall, with significantly different rates by age group. Of the participants between the ages of 18 and 24 years, 72.7% were smokers.

CONCLUSION:

Culturally appropriate smoking prevention, cessation, and control programs are needed to combat the high incidence of cigarette smoking for the American Indians of the Northern Plains.

PMID:
15916529
DOI:
10.1207/s15430154jce2001s_19
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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