#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES – May 15 – Children working on tobacco farms in the United States are exposed to nicotine, toxic pesticides, and other dangers which lead to injury and sickness, an international human rights organization says.
American children working in domestic tobacco fields regularly suffer from breathing problems, nausea, headaches, dizziness and other ailments, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Wednesday.
The New York-based rights advocacy group, which documented working conditions for children in four US states, said it found many children on tobacco farms were in direct contact with the plant’s leaves, leading to serious ailments consistent with nicotine poisoning.
Many children also worked long hours without overtime pay, often in extreme heat without shade or sufficient breaks, and wore no, or inadequate, protective gear, the report noted.
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