The Oklahoma Quitline promotes quitting tobacco via users taking advantage of the free calls to the Quitline. The Quitline has counselors familiar and sensitive to Native Americans use of traditional and ceremonial tobacco versus commercial tobacco.
For several months, the GHWIC staff have met and discussed with the Governor of the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes how best to address the high tobacco use among tribes. This opportunity of placement of signage on tribal travel plaza areas is from one of several strategies to address to tobacco use that are evidence-based, which in this case is to convene leadership meetings across tribes to share information and develop partnerships across tribes. One tribal official involved in discussions commented by saying “If this can stop even just one youth from picking up a cigarette and engaging in smoking, it’s worth it to us.” The notion that for every sign we can put up on tribal property is one less area that tobacco companies have to market their products to tribal members.
The SPTHB Staff hope to expand this partnership and signage to other tribally-owned travel plazas in Oklahoma.
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Submitted by Chris Tall Bear – Program Coordinator
Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country
Southern Plains Tribal Health Board – Tribal Epi Center