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Learning objectives

By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Examine the health consequences of commercial secondhand smoke on youth, elders, and community members.

  2. Implement strategies to reduce exposure to "sticky" commercial thirdhand smoke.

  3. Employ discussions that empower community members to create environmental policies to protect their health from secondhand smoke.


You can watch the webinar and download accompanying resources here.




It sticks! second and thirdhand smoke

This webinar was part of a series presented by the Keep it Sacred: National Native Network and Indian Health Service on Cancer Risk Reduction in Indian Country. Smoke Free Signals presented for this national webinar.


Reclaiming sacred tobacco

Reclaiming Sacred Tobacco depicts Minnesota's American Indian communities reclaiming traditional practices. Highlighting sacred tobacco and discouraging commercial tobacco use in order to promote a healthier lifestyle. Produced by ClearWay Minnesota.

Watch the documentary here.

chemicals in cigarettes: plant to product to puff

FDA created this video and interactive tools to lay the foundation for an important public health goal:  to publish a list of the levels of harmful and potentially harmful chemicals in commercial tobacco, in a way that is easy for the public to understand. 

secondhand smoke: destroying health and tradition

The Canli Coalition of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe created this three-minute video to show the effect secondhand smoke has on its very own community.

Have a heart

All around us is a world filled with beauty. Yet that beauty can be clouded when the air is filled with cigarette smoke. It is bad for everyone, especially those living with diabetes. We can help them by making sure the air where we live and work is free from secondhand smoke. We can make like easier for people living with diabetes and protect the beauty of the world around us.

Nathan's story

Nathan, a Native American and member of the Oglala Sioux tribe, never smoked cigarettes. Exposure to secondhand smoke at work caused him to develop allergies and serious infections that triggered asthma attacks, eventually causing permanent lung damage called bronchiectasis. Nathan died on October 17, 2013, of illnesses caused by secondhand smoke exposure. 


You can view more videos about Nathan's story on the CDC website by clicking here. Read Nathan's full bio and about how commercial tobacco affected his life here.

Native america calling, 5/22/17


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?


Listen to the podcast, where Jovian is a special guest, here.

Tobacco: Honoring our Traditions and our Health


This short video produced by the Think Tank discusses the differences between commercial and traditional, sacred tobacco in many tribal communities. The video highlights successful smoke-free initiatives in Wisconsin, including an outdoor Ojibwe cultural event center and a Ho-Chunk gaming casino that have implemented smoke-free policies.


You can learn more about the Tribal Public and Environmental Health Think Tank here.

Native america calling, 5/18/16


Do you ever notice the smell of cigarette smoke on your clothes when you come home from a night at the casino? Smoking rates have steadily declined since the 1960s. But there are still a lot of places you inhale smoke from someone else’s cigarette. Exposure to secondhand smoke was responsible for more than 7,300 lung cancer deaths over a four-year period, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What can be done to reduce the risks of secondhand smoke exposure? Is the vapor from e-cigarettes less dangerous?


Listen to the podcast, where Jovian is a special guest, here.

CDC Media campaign resource center


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Media Campaign Resource Center (MCRC) website is home to thousands of ad/campaign media tools. Choose from various themes such as cessation - quitline, health consequences of smoking, youth prevention, countering pro-tobacco influences, smoke free implementation laws and so much more. View them all here.

10 Year Anniversary of new Mexico clean indoor air act


It was in 2007 that the Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act was passed by the state Legislature and signed into law. The Act prohibits smoking in indoor public places and workplaces including restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. New Mexico's Clean Indoor Act was named after the first lady of New Mexico, Dee Johnson, in honor of her successful fight to ban smoking in the state Capitol. Starting in 1994, she faced off with the tobacco industry and legislative leadership, many of whom smoked, in her efforts to prohibit smoking inside the roundhouse. In 2002, after a seven-year fight, the Capitol became smoke-free.

Read more here.

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