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Child Workers in Tobacco Fields Sickened by Nicotine and Pesticides

It wasn’t hard to track them down. “We found kids working in 40 counties across four states,” said Jo Becker, children’s rights advocate at the group. “In some places, when we went into fields, we would see whole crews of children.”
Business Week/Bloomberg
added May 15, 2014 09:19

[USA] Report slams US tobacco child labour ($$)

Children who cannot legally buy cigarettes harvest tobacco, use heavy machinery and climb into barn rafters to dry leaves. During shifts as long as 12 hours, these workers – some as young as seven – are exposed to nicotine, pesticides and extreme heat. T
Financial Times (uk)
added May 14, 2014 17:28

[USA, Kentucky] Child tobacco workers put at risk, group says

Children working on tobacco farms in Kentucky and other states are being exposed to nicotine residue and dangerous pesticides that are making them sick, Human Rights Watch reported Wednesday. The group called on President Barack Obama to issue an executi
Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal
added May 14, 2014 17:18
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[USA] Children Who Work on Tobacco Farms Exposed to Harmful Toxins

Children working on tobacco farms in the United States are exposed to nicotine, toxic pesticides, and other dangers. Child tobacco workers often labor 50 or 60 hours a week in extreme heat, use dangerous tools and machinery, lift heavy loads, and climb i
The Wire New Hampshire
added May 14, 2014 17:17

[USA] Tobacco’s Hidden Children / Hazardous Child Labor in United States Tobacco Farming (PDF)

no child under age 18 should be permitted to perform work in which they come into direct contact with tobacco in any form, including plants of any size or dried tobacco leaves, due to the inherent health risks posed by nicotine and the pesticides ap
Human Rights Watch
added May 14, 2014 10:03

Pesticide Firms Use Tobacco Playbook to Spin Bee Crisis

In an appeal to reporters and the media, the "Follow the Honey" report urges awareness of these tobacco-style tactics being used to "deflect blame from pesticides." And it asks how long the public will allow these tactics to "delay meaningful action in p
PR Watch
added May 12, 2014 11:50

Cigarette Filter Pollution Drastically Impacts the Environment with Leaching Chemicals

Tobacco products contain toxins, nicotine, pesticides and carcinogens. This means that these chemicals can leach into the environment; not only that, but plastic cigarette filters are practically non-biodegradable and chemicals from filters can drip into
added May 6, 2014 17:07

AUDIO: "Green Tobacco Sickness" Plagues Young Workers in Tobacco Fields

Dr. Normal Edelman, senior medical advisor with the American Lung Association, describes the illness: "Nicotine is a poison. It's actually used in some pesticides. In high enough doses, nicotine is a very dangerous, very poisonous drug. So when people w
Voice of Russia RUVR (ru)
added Nov 22, 2013 19:29

[Canada] Letter: Terrasse smoking is hardly our worst health problem

fruits and vegetables contaminated by pesticides, and experience health-threatening stress levels at work. And we’re spending our time coming up with laws to eliminate smoking on an outdoor terrasse?
Montreal Gazette (ca)
added Aug 26, 2013 15:45

[Canada] Letter: Terrasse smoking is hardly our worst health problem

Look around and you see crazy levels of obesity and fewer people (especially kids and young adults) exercising properly. Daily, we breath in car fumes, eat animal products laced with chemicals and fruits and vegetables contaminated by pesticides, and exp
Montreal Gazette (ca)
added Aug 16, 2013 20:02
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