Tobacco smoke contributes to 41,000 non-smoker deaths every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A handful of studies, including one by the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, suggest even thirdhand smoke—chemicals and residue from tobacco smoke that settle on walls, clothes and furniture—might also cause harm, mostly for people in smokers’ homes. Some tribes ban commercial tobacco smoking in certain areas. But is that enough to protect children and other nonsmokers?
Jovian Henio (Mescalero Apache and Diné) – Outrech cc, currently working on smoke-free signals project
Char Day – program manager for Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights
Carla Feathers (Pawnee and Cherokee) – Tobacco Prevention Program manager for the Muscogee Creek Nation
Break music: Strongheart (song) Sissy Goodhouse (artist) The Third Circle (album)