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Report: Children as young as 7 working on US tobacco farms under often hazardous conditions
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 12:02 AM EDT
An international rights group says children as young as 7 are working long hours in U.S. fields harvesting tobacco under sometimes hazardous and sweltering conditions.
The group acknowledges that most of what it documented is legal under U.S. law. The group is trying to highlight the practice and urge both governments and tobacco companies to take further steps to protect children.
Children interviewed by the group reported symptoms consistent with acute nicotine poisoning from workers absorbing nicotine through their skin while handling tobacco plants.
The children said they worked long hours without overtime pay or sufficient breaks and wore no, or inadequate, protective gear.