Child labor makes us think of the shocking black and white photographs of farms many years ago, but child labor is alive and well in our country. Over 500,000 of our children and teenagers work in agriculture today, one of the most dangerous work industries in America. And it gets worse. According to a recent Human Rights Watch report, children as young as 7 are working in U.S. tobacco fields, and children as young as 11 and 12 are working 10-12 hour work days. These children are not allowed to buy cigarettes, yet a majority of child tobacco workers report signs of acute nicotine poisoning: vomiting, nausea, headaches, and dizziness.
The Children Don’t Belong on Tobacco Farms Act prohibits work by children in tobacco-related agriculture. This bill will help ensure the safety, health, and overall well-being of child laborers who are currently being exposed to the dangers of working in tobacco fields. Please join us in supporting this critical bill today by sending a letter to Congress.