Alaska Native Groups Join Forces to Fight Tobacco Use
• Alaska Native high school students — both boys and girls — are significantly more likely to smoke than students from other race groups, although the gap has decreased considerably since 2003.
• Since 1996, the percentage of Alaska Native adults who smoke every day has remained about the same, while the percentage of non-Native adult daily smokers has decreased.
• Quit attempts among Alaska Native people who smoke have increased from 59 percent in 2001 to 65 percent in 2010.
• Among adults in Alaska, Alaska Native adults are more likely to use smokeless tobacco than non-Native adults.
• Men use smokeless tobacco more than women, but Alaska Native women are as likely to use smokeless tobacco as non-Native men.
• More than half of adult Alaskans who are using smokeless tobacco report using chewing tobacco alone; chewing tobacco accounts for 27 percent of Alaska Native and 73 percent of non-Native smokeless tobacco use.
• Sixteen percent of adults who use smokeless tobacco — 47 percent of Alaska Native users — are using tobacco in the form of Iqmik or Blackbull, an Alaska-specific smokeless tobacco variant. Iqmik is prepared by mixing chewing tobacco with the ash of a punk fungus.
Read the full Alaska Tobacco Facts report here.
Contact Fairbanks Daily News-Miner staff writer Sam Friedman at 907-459-7545.