Adaptation of a smoking cessation and prevention website for urban American Indian/Alaska Native youth

J Cancer Educ. 2010 Mar;25(1):23-31. doi: 10.1007/s13187-009-0004-2.


Tobacco use among American Indian youth is a disproportionately significant problem. We adapted and modified an existing web-based and youth-focused tobacco control program to make it appropriate for young urban American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/ANs). The results of the focus group indicate that AI/AN youth were very receptive to the use of a web-based Zine-style intervention tool. They wanted the look and feel of the website to be more oriented toward their cultural images. Future research should examine if successful programs for reducing non-ceremonial tobacco use among urban AI/AN youth can keep young irregular smokers from becoming adult smokers.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Advertising
  • Alaska
  • Child
  • Cultural Competency
  • Female
  • Health Education / methods
  • Humans
  • Indians, North American*
  • Internet*
  • Male
  • Pilot Projects
  • Smoking Cessation / ethnology*
  • Smoking Cessation / methods*
  • Urban Population*