Nez Henderson to lead Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco

FARMINGTON — Dr. Patricia Nez Henderson, a member of the Navajo Nation, has been elected president of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, a world-wide skilled society committed to the technology and dissemination of knowledge related to tobacco and nicotine.

Nez Henderson, a graduate of the College of Arizona and Yale University University of Medicine, is the first Indigenous particular person to maintain the title, in accordance to news releases from the Navajo Country Business of the President and Vice President and the Workplace of the Speaker.

“I increase my appreciation to the fellow users of the modern society for the nomination and appointment,” she reported in a assertion. “It is an honor to provide in this potential and to signify Indigenous persons. There are quite a few world difficulties relating to community health and fitness and professional tobacco manage, on the other hand, the diversity of the culture will do the job collectively to execute our priorities.”

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For yrs Nez Henderson, who is from Teesto Chapter in Arizona, advocated for Navajo leaders to ban the use of industrial tobacco items in public and indoor spaces on the Navajo Nation. Her work was effective last calendar year when the Nilch’ éí Bee Ííná – Air is Existence Act turned tribal regulation.

The Culture for Investigate on Nicotine and Tobacco is a professional affiliation devoted to the assistance of researchers, lecturers, remedy experts, governing administration staff members and some others performing throughout disciplines in the industry of nicotine and tobacco research.

Navajo Nation Council delegates Daniel E. Tso, Carl Slater, Pernell Halona and Charlaine Tso joined Nez Henderson on March 16 at the group’s yearly conference in Baltimore.

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Navajo Nation Council Delegate Daniel E. Tso, left, and Dr. Patricia Nez Henderson attend the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco annual meeting on March 16 in Baltimore.

The delegates are users of the council’s Wellness, Instruction and Human Solutions Committee. They were being in Washington, D.C., last week to meet up with with customers of Congress and federal officials.

“As the initially Indigenous president of the Society for Study on Nicotine and Tobacco, her decades of advocacy do the job will help her in conserving a lot more life from the addiction of industrial tobacco,” Delegate Daniel E. Tso said. “We think Dr. Henderson will continue to be an equitable chief that will supply quality health care providers to marginalized communities across Indian Country.”

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Dr. Patricia Nez Henderson, third from left, is pictured on March 16 with Navajo Nation Council delegates Charlaine Tso, Daniel E. Tso and Pernell Halona, from left to right, at the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco annual meeting in Baltimore.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez commented on the selection in a independent statement.

“Her do the job and advocacy to shield the wellness of little ones and elders from commercial tobacco products and solutions have paved the way for many tribal communities. We wish her nicely in this new capability with the society and we thank her for becoming an inspiration to our youthful Navajo pupils,” the president claimed.