Lawrence Shorty, MPH, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1700 Airport Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7426
Objective: Investigate via a pilot project the potential for the inclusion of additional characterizations, mantras, and call to actions for American Indian tobacco control activities.
Methods: I engaged program managers, directors, and the American Indian public to review existing characterizations and mantras and involve themselves in a critical reflection process to identify areas of our work that needed to be enhanced and/or changed. Similarly, I asked to these same people to review the potential for employing the characterization "tobacco addiction" along with Native American Studies topics, and their personal salient issues.
Results: As a characterization, tobacco addiction may operate to enhance American Indian/Alaska Native tobacco control practices and may help to provide further means for discussion, action, and policy development.