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Project Mission Tobacco Use Prevention


Project Mission

The Southwest Navajo Tobacco Education Prevention Project’s primary goal is to improve the health of Navajo people living on the Navajo Nation with a primary focus on children through commercial tobacco prevention, cessation, and policies, while respecting traditional practices and ceremonies associated with tobacco use.

With hundreds of Navajo children becoming addicted each year, the Southwest Navajo Tobacco Education Prevention Project’s is committed to its work. Programs include:

• Developing an advocacy network from both Navajo and non-Navajo organizations that will have the skills and capacity needed to participate in SNTEPP’s projects.

• Mobilizing the Navajo communities’ support for tobacco control policies on the Navajo Nation.

• Training – Certification in tobacco prevention and cessation for healthcare providers, teachers, youth, elders, etc.

• Research Initiatives – Identifying strategies that will ultimately decrease tobacco use among the Navajo people.

Additional Resources:

The University of Arizona HealthCare Partnership

Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights

American Legacy Foundation

South Dakota Quitline

Arizona Smokers' Helpline


Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco


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SNTEPP on Facebook.


For more information about SNTEPP, please contact Pete Nez, the Program Manager. pfnez@bhcaih.org, or 1-928-289-6483.


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