Know the Truth About Tobacco- Traditional Tobacco


Lets start with traditional tobacco:

What is traditional tobacco?

Traditional tobacco in its purest form is called Nicotiana rustica. Nicotiana rustica and other native plants are grown and harvested by American Indians and Alaska Natives. These plants are for ceremonial or medicinal purposes. For centuries traditional tobacco has been used by American Indian nations as medicine with cultural and spiritual importance. Traditional tobacco preparation and use differs across Tribes and regions, with Alaska Natives not commonly using traditional tobacco. These differences are due to the varied teachings among Tribes of North America. In some cultures, the roles of growing, harvesting, and preparing traditional tobacco are held by specific groups of people who use traditional ways to prepare tobacco for a specific use.

Promotes Respect, Well-being, Harmony and Thanksgiving

Traditional tobacco is a medicine, which can be used in a prescribed way to promote physical, spiritual, emotional, and community well-being. It may be used as an offering to the Creator or to another person, place, or being. A gift of traditional tobacco is a sign of respect and may be offered when asking for help, guidance, or protection. Traditional tobacco is sometimes used directly for healing in traditional medicine. It may be burned in a fire or smoked in a pipe, yet the smoke is generally not inhaled. In many teachings, the smoke from burned tobacco has a purpose of carrying thoughts and prayers to the spirit world or to the Creator. When used appropriately, traditional tobacco is not associated with addiction and adverse health impacts.  The care and respect involved in the preparation and use of traditional tobacco are part of centuries of tradition that connects today’s youth, adults, and elders with those of generations ago. Continued use of traditional tobacco supports a good life and a healthy community today and for future generations to come.

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