Impacts on First Nations

Below you will find specific links that speak to the impacts of smoking (economic, health, social) within First Nation communities - with a specific focus in Ontario, but inclusive of all Indigenous peoples.

Health Canada

Tobacco-related illnesses and diseases are urgent issues in First Nations and Inuit communities, where smoking rates are more than double the rate for the rest of Canada.

BC First Nations Health Council

This website explores the traditional use of tobacco as well as the current situation of tobacco use on First Nations, the health impacts and what we can do.

Northern Plains Tobacco Prevention Project

The website provides a look into the misuse of Tobacco on First Nations. There is also statistic information and where to find resources.

Physicians For a Smoke Free Canada

(Working) ‘Towards Effective Tobacco Control in First Nations and Inuit Communities’ report gives a look into Tobacco use within Aboriginal populations. The report takes a look back at cultural norms of the past, the abuses of present day as well as information about tax agreements, framework of tobacco control and innovative approaches within Aboriginal communities.

The First Nations Centre @ NAHO

Information provided includes a look at the differences between commercial and ceremonial tobacco use. Traditional uses, risks and where to get more information is also included in the site.

Woodstock First Nation

‘A Cultural Approach to Addiction and Recovery for Youth’ booklet provided courtesy of Woodstock First Nation educates the reader about understanding why they smoke, how talking circles help, action plans to quit, user stories and where to get help in your community.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

CAMH website has information about recent workshops that took place on First Nations about Smoking and Smoking cessations. Findings, recommendations and resources are found on the CAMH site.