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Teenagers picking tobacco are at risk of nicotine poisoning

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Current Event May 21, 2014

Teenagers Picking Tobacco Are At Risk of Nicotine Poisoning

Young workers who aren’t old enough to buy a pack of cigarettes are allowed to harvest tobacco in the United States. Human Rights Watch says while it’s legal to have kids as young as 12 pick tobacco, it’s not legal to put children’s health at risk of nicotine poisoning. Human Rights Watch is calling on the major tobacco companies to stop putting kids to work in tobacco fields. Listen to this public radio story with your students and discuss.

Civics/Government Health

Story Length: 4:00

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AIR DATE: 05/14/2014

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