American Indians

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In North Carolina there are eight American Indian tribes which include one federally recognized tribe (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians) and seven state recognized tribes (Meherrin Indian Tribe, Coharie Tribe, Waccamaw Siouan Tribe, Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe and Sappony Tribe). See map of tribe locations.

The total population for all tribal citizens including urban American Indians who come to NC from tribes across the United States is over 140,000. The smoking rate for American Indian adults in North Carolina is 28.6 percent. That means the smoking rate for American Indians is higher than that of whites (17.6%), African Americans (19.9%), and Hispanics (7.9%). Because of this, American Indian/Native American smokers, are at high risk of suffering from smoking-related diseases such as cancer, heart disease, lung disease and stroke.

If you are interested in quitting, there are resources to help you quit.

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QuitlineNC provides the coaching and support that can help you quit. They can send you materials in the mail and offer other tools to help you get started on your new life, without commercial tobacco use.

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NC Tribe Websites