The Conflict of Tobacco Education Among American Indians: Traditional Practice or Health Risk?
Tobacco has always been and continues to be an integral part of Native American religions. Tobacco provides Indian people a connection between their own culture and the spirit world. The practice of using tobacco is very honorable in religious beliefs of a tribe and has been associated with peace and healing among American Indians (AIs) for generations. Tobacco is used as an offering, as a medicine, for prayer, or a sacrament. Tobacco use during prayer or ceremony may be smoked (inhaled or not inhaled), used in a pipe or in the form of a cigarette, placed in the fire, placed on a drum, given as a gift, or used to contact the spirit world.1
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