Navajo Nation Bans Sale of Tobacco: Industry ‘Colonized a Product that Was Sacred’

Navajo Nation Bans Sale of Tobacco: Industry ‘Colonized a Product that Was Sacred’


A Navajo who studies the use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and chewing tobacco by Native Americans commented on the Navajo Nation’s permanent ban on the sale of tobacco, a product first cultivated by Native Americans but was “colonized” by white farmers.

“I think it’s just really educating our communities about what the industry – I keep saying the industry because it’s really them that has put these products in the hands of our young people,” Patricia Nez Henderson said in an interview with taxpayer-funded National Public Radio’s (NPR) Weekend Edition Sunday. They colonized a product that was sacred, right?”

“And the tobacco industry basically put more additives in these plants to make it more addictive,” Henderson said.

Henderson said the tobacco industry has

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