Opinion: What happened when smoking was banned in Native American casinos
Addiction prevention and treatment advocates can now learn from this victory. We should work hard to help our tribal nations with only temporary restrictions on smoking to make them permanent.
Commercial products are very different from the plants used in religious rites – in Native American communities – but Native American iconography and imagery have been used to sell cigars, cigarettes, chewing tobacco and a false story in which the Indian culture and nicotine were indelibly linked.
The industry’s deadly products create many opportunities for an opportunistic virus to sweep up and reduce those who tobacco has made vulnerable.