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Am J Health Behav. 2005 Nov-Dec;29(6):588-94.

Iqmik: a form of smokeless tobacco used among Alaska natives.

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Office of Alaska Native Health Research, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Anchorage, AK 99508, USA. ccrenner@anmc.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To describe a homemade form of smokeless tobacco known as Iqmik used among Alaska Natives residing in western Alaska.

METHODS:

Individual and small-group interviews were conducted with 23 adult Alaska Natives. The major themes from the interview data were summarized. A chemical analysis was conducted of the alkalinity of a sample of fungus ash used to prepare Iqmik.

RESULTS:

Few adverse health effects of using Iqmik were reported. The alkalinity of the sample of fungus ash was high (pH=10.9).

CONCLUSION:

The high alkalinity of Iqmik may contribute to the higher rates of tobacco use in this population.

PMID:
16336113
DOI:
10.5555/ajhb.2005.29.6.588
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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