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Tradition and addiction: the cost of tobacco on Aboriginal life

October 1997

All tobacco is a very powerful and dangerous substance. Whether it is gathered in the wild, raised by Native Americans, or purchased in the form of cigarettes, cigars and other commercial products, tobacco has the power to cause very serious illness and death.

When used properly and with respect, in small amounts in traditional American Indian ceremonies, tobacco is a positive source of power.

When misused, especially in the form of cigarettes, snuff, cigars and other commercial products, tobacco is a deadly killer.

Information from the Traditional Native American Tobacco Seed Bank and Education Program.

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