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133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
December 10-14, 2005
Patricia Nez Henderson, MD, MPH1, Janette Beals, PhD2, Clemma Jacobsen, MS3, and The AI-SUPERPFP Team2. (1) Department of Psychiatry, American Indian and Alaska Native Programs, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 701 St. Joseph Street, Suite 204, Rapid City, SD 57701, 605-348-6100, email@example.com, (2) American Indian and Alaska Native Programs, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, PO Box 6508, Mail Stop F800, Nighthorse Campbell Native Health Building, Aurora, CO 80045-0508, (3) Department of Internal Medicine, University of Washington, 325 Ninth Ave, Box 359780, Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA 98104
Objective: We describe the prevalence and correlates of cigarette smoking in 2 American Indian tribal groups.
Methods: We performed multinomial logistic regression on data from a population-based, cross-sectional study of Southwest and Northern Plains American Indians aged 15 to 54 years.
Results: We found that 19% of Southwest men, 10% of Southwest women, 49% of Northern Plains men, and 51% of Northern Plains women were current smokers. Male gender and younger age were associated with higher odds of smoking in the Southwest tribe, whereas current or former marriage and less time spent on a reservation were associated with higher odds of smoking in the Northern Plains population. Alcohol consumption was strongly associated with higher odds of smoking in both groups.
Conclusions: Cigarette smoking is a major public health issue among American Indians. Yet correlates and smoking patterns vary among different tribal groups. Each group's unique characteristics should be considered when designing and implementing comprehensive, culturally appropriate interventions in American Indian communities.
Keywords: Tobacco, American Indians
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I wish to disclose that I have NO financial interests or other relationship with the manufactures of commercial products, suppliers of commercial services or commercial supporters.
The 133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition (December 10-14, 2005) of APHA