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American cigarette smoking is on the decline, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But, it’s not the same story in Native America. Native Americans and Alaska Natives are the heaviest smokers compared to all other ethnicities. When tobacco smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death, why are Native Americans still smoking so much?
Chris Cooper (Navajo descent) — health education specialist in tobacco and cancer prevention at the California Rural Indian Health Board
Mat Pendleton (Lower Sioux) — tobacco prevention coordinator for the Lower Sioux Indian Community
Break Music: Ever Get the Blues (song) John Trudell (artist) Bone Days (album)