FACT SHEET: Native American Adults & Tobacco

Prepared in 1999 by: The Center for Social Gerontology, Ann Arbor, MI

The 1998 Surgeon General's Report and this Fact Sheet include within the definition of Native Americans both American Indians and Alaskan Natives. Smoking rates among these groups are the highest of any U.S. minorities and much higher than whites.

Prevalence of tobacco use:

Health and mortality consequences of tobacco use:

Data in this Fact Sheet has been taken from the following: Tobacco Use Among U.S. Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups: A Report of the Surgeon General, 1998; "Cigarette Smoking & Smoking Cessation Among Older Adults: United States, 1965-94" by C.G. Husten et al in Tobacco Control, Autumn, 1997. "Smoking-Attributable Mortality and Years of Potential Life lost -- U.S., 1984," in MMWR, May 23. 1997. Population Projections of the U.S. by Age, Sex, Race, & Hispanic Origin: 1995-2050, published by the U.S. Census Bureau, 1996.