Casinos and Secondhand Smoke

Casinos and Secondhand Smoke


[singing]
I think it’s important to
learn about the differences
between commercial tobacco
and our traditional tobacco
for a number of reasons.
One of the reasons
is that we have
one of the highest rates
of commercial tobacco
use as native people.
So the American Indian
Cancer Foundation
really supports the use
of traditional tobacco
because we do believe it
acts as a protective factor
against harmful behaviors.
And we know that as
American Indian people
throughout history we’ve
had the breaking up
of culture and family
that have sometimes
caused us generational loss
of a sense of belonging
and a sense of identity.
And that often lends to
issues with substance abuse.
We have certain scars.
We have to figure out a
way how to prevent our
transferring that
historical trauma that we
deal with to our babies
and to our children.
They will have their
own issues to deal with.
But they shouldn’t
have to deal with all
that weight of history.
So one of the ways that
we can educate people
is to take them out harvesting.
And one of the ways to do
that is to involve kids first
and the parents follow along.
And it’s that way.
I believe that if we educate
our youth and we bring them out,
they’re going to tell us at
those giveaways or ceremonies.
They’re going to say, hey, this
is not traditional tobacco.
We’re supposed to be
offering traditional tobacco.
And I’ve seen young
people say that.
And so we believe
that really embedding
that knowledge is empowering
to people to feel more
of a sense of identity,
of this is who I am,
this is why I use
tobacco in a good way.
We believe that if people
understand their teachings
and begin to use these
medicines in this way,
that will stop the use
of commercial tobacco.

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