May TRUST Commission Minutes

August 31, 2011

Click Here to see the minutes for the May meeting of the Tobacco, Revenue, Use and Tracking (TRUST) Commission.

BTCD Data Brief: Vol. 1, No. 8 – Emerging and Empowering Evaluation Design

August 26, 2011

BTCD Data Brief: Vol. 1, No. 8

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PDF available here: DB01_08_empowring eval design

BTCD Data Brief: Vol. 1, No. 7 – Baseline: Hypertension System of Care in Yuma County

August 19, 2011

BTCD Data Brief: Vol. 1, No. 7

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PDF available here: DB01_07_HTNsyscare

BTCD Data Brief: Vol. 1, No. 6 – Evaluating “The Experiment: Brought to you by Addiciton”

August 11, 2011

BTCD Data Brief: Vol. 1, No. 6

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PDF available here: DB01_06_addictionexp

Navajo smoking bill vetoed

August 8, 2011

FLAGSTAFF – Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly on Friday vetoed a smoking-regulation act passed last month by the tribal council, saying the measure doesn’t go far enough to protect the health of Navajos.

Tribal lawmakers voted July 20 to prohibit smoking in public places on the vast reservation with an exemption for tribal casinos. Under the bill, the Tribal Council could reconsider the casino exemption once gaming officials pay off their financing debts.

In a statement, Shelly said he overturned the council’s decision because “the passage of this legislation does not adequately address any given employees who are subjected to a smoking workplace environment.”

Shelly added that he was re-pledging his commitment to protect tribal members “from cancer or diseases caused by exposure to secondhand smoke or tobacco use.”

There was no immediate reaction Friday from Navajo Nation Council members on Shelly’s veto.

Some lawmakers see smoking or chewing tobacco as a personal right that shouldn’t be regulated by the tribal government and have argued that a ban would inhibit gaming revenue.

The legislation acknowledges the health effects of secondhand smoke, but its sponsor pointed to thousands of jobs casinos create through construction and permanent employment and touted it as a compromise. The Navajo Nation operates two casinos in New Mexico and has broken ground on what will be its largest facility east of Flagstaff. Read the rest of this entry »