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Smoking Disease in Native Americans

Smoking Disease in Native Americans
Smoking cigarettes is a very dangerous habit and according to the American Psychological Association (APA) is highly addictive. Because smoking is such an addictive habit most people consider it a disease on its own. Although this is a universal known fact, people still choose to smoke. “Nicotine is the ingredient in cigarettes that causes addiction. Smokers not only become physically addicted to nicotine; they also link smoking with many social activities, making smoking an, extremely difficult addiction to break” (The American Lung Association, 2011). Smoking is also related to many health problems especially respiratory diseases such as lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). They also relate smoking with relaxation and as a stress reliever, but there is nothing positive about this nasty habit. Even though some say smoking helps them to relax, they need to stop smoking for their health because smoking is the cause of many health problems. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), “the percentage of American adults who smoke decreased from 20.9 percent in 2005 to 19.3 percent in 2010. That translates to three million fewer smokers than there would have been with no decline. But almost one in five adults still smoke” (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011. P. 1). Based on a national health survey conducted in 2010 of the three million of American adults who smoke, more than 31 percent of them are American Indian or Alaskan Natives (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011. P.3). Two of the leading causes of death among American Indians are cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Education is a factor that contributes to American Indians being vulnerable to these diseases. Because most American Indians still live on…...

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