Commercial Tobacco Cessation & Lung Cancer Prevention
Tobacco cessation greatly reduces the risk for developing lung cancer. Native people have the highest smoking rate in the nation, but more than half of smokers want to quit. Take action and talk to your health care provider about what options work best for you on your quitting journey.
Commercial Tobacco Cessation Your path to quitting - support and resources
USPSTF Drafts New Lung Cancer Screening Recommendations
The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently outlined a new draft for lung cancer screening recommendations. New guidelines recommend annual screening with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) in adults ages 50 to 80 years who have a 20 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke, or have quit within the past 15 years. Read our full statement regarding these changes.
Lung Cancer Signs & Symptoms
Use the Lung Cancer Signs & Symptoms resource to learn about the warning signs of lung disease, and to help you understand when you should get screened. Talk to your doctor right away if you experience any of these symptoms.
Download our blank version of the Lung Cancer Signs & Symptoms resource, then fill in the space with your tribe's word for "breathing." Share your completed copy with AICAF on social media using #SacredBreath!
E-Cigarettes are Not Our Tradition
Use this infographic to learn about the different types of electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) and understand their safety for youth and our communities. The resource also provides guidance for parents of youth who are thinking about quitting e-cigarettes.
AICAF's Sacred Breath PSA
Your breath is sacred. Using e-cigarettes puts young people at a greater risk for long term nicotine addiction. Help keep tobacco sacred for our ancestors and for future generations. Talk to your doctor about quitting e-cigarettes today. Special thanks to Missy Whiteman for her work on this video.
Tribal Nations have sovereign authority to enact policies to protect their community members from the harms of secondhand exposure to commercial tobacco smoke. While many states have passed these policies, not all Tribal Nations have done so as of yet. Because many Tribal casinos have closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tribal Nations across the country have been demonstrating the leadership to prioritize the health of employees, patrons, and community members by reopening Tribal casinos as smoke-free facilities. This resource offers talking points and policy considerations for tribal governments making casinos smoke-free.
Use AICAF's Lung Cancer Awareness Month (LCAM) Social Media Toolkit to engage community members, public health professionals and leaders working towards cancer equity in raising awareness of lung health in Native communities. This toolkit includes sample social media posts that can easily be copied and pasted into the platform of your choice.
The iQuit! Toolkit was driven by a research project focused on increasing the use of the 5A's and increasing quit attempts, as well as the use of quit aids such as medication, nicotine replacement therapy, and/or referrals to additional services in tribal and urban Native health care systems. The Toolkit assists Native health care systems and health and human service departments in developing and implementing system changes to address commercial tobacco addiction in their communities.