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Dear KANA Supporter,

Quyanaasinaq for your support of our vision to create the best quality of care for all people on Kodiak Island. Guided by courtesy, respect, pride, caring, sharing, and our Native Sugpiaq Alutiiq values, KANA strives to elevate the quality of life for all we serve through the provision of excellent health and social services throughout the Koniag Region.

As an important partner in our community's health, we hope you find this information useful and relevant, and will share our progress and achievements with others in your community. Please reply to this email with any questions or comments; we appreciate your input and look forward to hearing from you.

This Week's News & Updates Include:


   -  Tobacco Prevention is Working across Alaska
   -  Latest Issue of Kodiak Native Wellness News Now Available
   -  Last Chance Christmas Bazaar | Friday at KANA/Koniag on Near Island

Tobacco Prevention is Working across Alaska

While Alaska has made great strides in tobacco prevention, and thousands of lives have been saved, there is still much work to do. Alaska has made progress in reducing tobacco use among both youth and adults.

Among Alaska youth:
Smoking among high school students has decreased more than 70 percent, from 37 percent in 1995 to 11 percent in 2015. The percentage of Alaska Native high students who smoke has also decreased by nearly 68 percent, from 62 percent in 1995 to 20 percent in 2015.

Among Alaska adults:
Cigarette consumption has declined 67 percent over the last twenty years—with 503 million fewer cigarettes were sold in 2014 compared to 1996. Adult smoking prevalence has declined from 28 percent in 1996 to 20 percent in 2014. The decline in adult smoking between 1996 and 2014 has resulted in an estimated 38,700 fewer adult smokers and over $517 million in healthcare cost savings in Alaska.  Two out of three smokers want to quit but struggle to break the addiction.

Due to high smoking prevalence, Alaska Native adults and youth, adults of low socioeconomic status, and adults with behavioral health needs are priority populations for tobacco control. Smokeless tobacco use is also a concern, especially in Southwest Alaska and among Alaska Native adults and youth.

Tobacco Prevention Works
We have good evidence regarding what works to reduce tobacco use. Comprehensive tobacco prevention and control programs use a combination of strategies that work together to change social norms and support the non-use of tobacco. Strategies include counter-marketing, tobacco price increases, smoke-free places, restricting youth access to tobacco products, and cessation support for tobacco users. Implementation of comprehensive tobacco control programs substantially reduces tobacco use.

KANA's Tobacco Prevention & Education Program goals are to eliminate exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, identify and eliminate disparities experienced by population groups relative to tobacco and its use, promote quitting among adults and youth; and prevent initiation of tobacco use among youth. For more information on our program and the resources available for our communities, email
Latest Issue of Kodiak Native Wellness News Now Available
The new issue of the Kodiak Native Wellness News, KANA’s bimonthly newsletter, recently arrived to readers around the island. The cover story highlights the Positive Youth Pathways, the Transitional Age Youth's second annual gather for youth to explore opportunities for future success. Other stories include a Great American Smokeout: Quit Story by Jason Opheim, Your Voice Matters: How Patient Feedback Improves Care, and Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS): Partnerships and Collaboration for Families with Young Children.

Read the new Kodiak Native Wellness News online at While you are there, you can also see the full 2016 Annual Report. If you would like to request a paper copy of either the Kodiak Native Wellness News or 2016 Annual Report, contact

Last Chance Christmas Bazaar | Friday at KANA/Koniag on Near Island

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