Friday, May 22, 2015
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Commercial Tobacco

  • Very high risk of cancer if you use chew, snuff, or smoke cigarettes.
  • Gives you an unpleasant odor and bad breath.
  • Chewing leads to gum disease, tooth decay and cancer of the mouth and throat.
  • Commercial tobacco contains harmful chemicals such as arsenic (poison), acetone (nail polish remover), methanol (anti-freeze), nicotine (insecticide), ammonia (window cleaner), carbon monoxide (car exhaust), cyanide (rat poison), dimethyl benzyl (toilet bowl cleaner), formaldehyde (preserves dead tissue).
  • When used daily it is easy to forget its harmful effects.
  • It is highly addictive.
  • Cigarettes discolor your teeth, cause lung cancer and heart disease.
  • Smoking can permanently damage your eyes, throat, bones, joints and skin-even if you later quit.

Traditional Tobacco

  • When tobacco is offered to the earth and fire, it is held in the hand and not smoked. Some sacred pipes are smoked but not all pipes contain tobacco.
  • Some tribes don’t use tobacco at all and some will use a blend of tobacco and other herbs.
  • Traditional tobacco teaches you discipline.
  • You learn respect for the creator and all creation.
  • You have a better understanding for your Indian culture.
  • Traditional tobacco is free of chemicals and poisons.
  • You gain spiritual development towards being a good person.
  • You use it to pray with and is considered a Medicine for one’s health and well being. 
  • It is used less than once a month. There is no risk of cancer when used this way.
Traditional Tobacco Use