Tobacco companies target Native Americans and youths
While these claims are denied by big tobacco corporations, there is evidence to support that they target youth and minorities in their marketing and advertising. Next time you are at a large event, check out the sponsors. You may find that large tobacco corporations are sponsors of powwows and rodeos.
Even though the tobacco companies deny targeting youth in their marketing and advertising, it is easy to see that they still use tactics to get kids addicted to tobacco so that they become lifelong customers.
Smoking and pregnancy
Smoking while pregnant is a very real problem among Native American women. Smoking during pregnancy is more common among Native American women than among any other race or ethnicity.