Re: im so sick of people pounded on tobacco
Native Alaskans already exceed those percentages. In most villages, the cost of milk is out of reach. The only affordable "food" is soda pop and processed food. Soda pop and processed food are "relatively" inexpensive since they are not perishable and have a long shelf life. In fact in the majority of native stores, fruits and vegetables are not even available for sale.
Originally Posted by brianhos
Native Alaskans are entitled to free health care courtesy of the Native Alaska Claims Settlement Act. Although they get free health care someone is paying the cost; the American taxpayer. And the cost of their "free" health care is very expensive due to their poor nutrititional habits.
Re: Smoking in cars with kids?
I should also have noted that Native Alaskans abuse both tobacco and alcohol to a greater degree than do most demographic groups. It may be their right to abuse their own bodies, but in this case it is the American taxpayer that bears the financial cost of their actions.