Target: Marcia Eugenio, Director of Child Labor at Department of Labor
Goal: Ban children from working on tobacco farms.
Tobacco companies are allowing teen workers to be exposed to hazardous work conditions. A new report suggests that young laborers endure long hours, nicotine exposure, toxic pesticides and severe heat.
Children that aren’t old enough to buy tobacco legally are exposed to it on tobacco farms. This results nicotine poisoning in many of the workers, which can have long-term effects on health and wellness. According to Human Rights Watch, teen workers have reportedly experienced debilitating systems, such as nausea, headache, and breathing problems as well as burning eyes and itchy throats and noses.
Most workers about 11 hours each day without adequate protection from the dangerous environment. They also have limited access to bathrooms and hand washing facilities. Many of the workers did not receive proper training for safety or health protection and were not informed about the potential threats of working on a tobacco farm.
The U.S. government must protect children from the hazards of tobacco farm labor. If children can’t legally buy a pack of cigarettes, they should not be exposed to dangerous side effects from tobacco farming, especially when they are more susceptible to the resulting health issues. Nicotine exposure can result in memory, mood, impulse control, and attention problems.
Demand that legislation be passed that bans children under 18 from working on tobacco farms.
Dear Director Eugenio,
Teens are being exposed to hazardous work conditions on tobacco farms. This can have long-term mental and physical health consequences.
Teens work long hours on tobacco farms under severe heat and other dangerous environmental factors. They are being exposed to nicotine, pesticides and inadequate hygiene conditions. These conditions result in headaches, breathing issues and possible long-term health concerns.
The government must improve regulation on these farms to ensure that children are protected. The effects from tobacco labor can last a lifetime and can make the workers more prone to suffering from other health issues later. We urge you to push for legislation that bans children under 18 from working on tobacco farms.
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