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Culturally Tailored Cessation Program Reduces Tobacco among Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippe

Program Type: Promising Practice -Programs not formally evaluated (or formal evaluation is not yet complete) but identified by experts as programs with results suggesting efficacy and worthy of further study in broader pilot implementation efforts.

Native Americans are more likely to smoke and have more difficulty quitting than other populations, and there are few cessation programs that recognize the sacred cultural relationship between American Indians and tobacco usage. A tobacco cessation program conducted by the Fond du Lac Department of Public Health did not reduce tobacco usage, thus leading to the search for a culturally sensitive program for tribal members. The Fond du Lac Smoking Cessation program is based on the American Lung Association’s “Freedom from Smoking Curriculum” and employs both group and one-on-one counseling that incorporate tribal and cultural discussions that distinguish between abuse of commercial tobacco products and the appropriate use of tobacco in sacred ceremonies and prayer. Participants are eligible for free nicotine replacement or cessation medications. Participants are also provided support with diet, exercise, and weight management. Data gathered both 7 days and 90 days following completion of the program indicate substantial growth in the number of individuals who report not smoking [almost one-third in 7 days] as well as almost 50 percent decline in the number of cigarettes smoked among those participants who continued to smoke.

Age Group(s):

Site Type(s):
Clinic/Health Center, Home

Health Indicator(s):
Tobacco Use

Service Area:

Tobacco cessation

Name: Fond du Lac band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Site or Location Name: Public Health Nursing, Min No Aya Win Human Services Center
927 Trettel Lane
Cloquet , MN 55720
Phone: 218- 878-2148