Youth and Education news
Volume 3, December 2011
NATIVE YOUTH COMMERCIAL TOBACCO CHALLENGE
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Minnesota: American Indian youth in the Twin Cities area are taking a stand against commercial tobacco. The students, ages 13-17, are educating Native businesses and agencies about eliminating it from their workplaces.
Group members talk about how traditional tobacco is different from commercial tobacco. They explain how tobacco is used in Native traditions for prayers, gift giving, blessings and medicinal purposes.
"I learned how many medicines come from the earth;
and that traditional tobacco is one of those
reserved for Natives. People always take from the
earth, but they never give. That's why Natives offer
tobacco back to the earth, I think," said Jaden Bruener, an Ojibwe student from White Earth.
go into details about
the long term health effects of commercial tobacco.
They say cigarettes can have thousands of
chemicals in them, such as ammonia and formaldehyde.
"There are really bad things that happen if you smoke or chew or use tobacco in ways that aren't traditional," said Ivan Mekeithan, a Kiowa and Ojibwe youth.
"We ... show them both what the students are learning and also have the students teach others about the dangers of smoking commercial tobacco," said Leya Hale, program coordinator. "Using the power of media tools such as Powerpoint or DVD's, we try to send a clear message..: commercial tobacco use needs to stop in our community."
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