On April 28, 2022, the FDA proposed two rules that would work to prevent youth initiation and substantially reduce commercial tobacco-related disease and death, especially among communities that have long been targeted by the industry. Click here to read a brief overview of these rules and how they might impact Tribal communities.Read full article
We will use this time to introduce our new program staff, provide an overview of Tribal tobacco projects, our culturally appropriate policy platform laying out four priorities for reducing commercial tobacco use and exposure while respecting the value of traditional tobacco in California tribal communities, and engage attendees in discussing our priorities.Register Here
For decades, the commercial tobacco industry targeted American Indians/American Natives with marketing and pricing tactics that resulted in disproportionate rates of tobacco-related chronic disease in these populations. Today e-cigarette companies such as Juul Labs are continuing to target Tribes – particularly Tribal youth – with products that have been associated with vaping-related lung injuries, addiction, and death.
The Public Health Law Center, in partnership with the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiological Center, Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc., has just released a new publication that provides an overview of the deceptive ways the tobacco and e-cigarette industries have marketed their products to Tribes. The resource includes a sample resolution for Tribes on electronic smoking devices and commercial tobacco industry sponsorships. This resolution is just one tool that Tribes could consider adapting and adopting to address tobacco industry targeting of Tribal Nations with products that could have adverse impact on the health of their people.Read Addressing Tobacco Industry Targeting of Tribes (2021)
The role of the Community Engagement Coordinator is vital to the efficient functioning and support of the Rincon Youth Coalition and Rincon Tribal Tobacco Awareness Project.
The Community Engagement/Outreach Coordinator (CEOC) will be in charge of completing activities to conduct the need assessments and develop the two proposed policies for the project. CEOC works with and seeks to broaden community engagement in tobacco control efforts.
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