Lifestyles Center Blog

HUMP DAY: WHO’S PICKING YOUR TOBACCO?

Just because you have to be 18 to buy tobacco in the US doesn’t mean you have to be 18 to pick it. NPR released an article in May of this year calling attention to the fact that children as young as 12 are legally allowed to work in tobacco fields. They pick tobacco for 12 hours a day and are not given safety gear or even a restroom. These child workers often report nausea, headaches, dizziness and difficulty breathing as a result of working in the fields. Not only that, but exposure to the pesticides and tobacco can mean dangerous illnesses such as nicotine poisoning. Check out the eye-opening article here: http://www.npr.org/2014/05/14/312181116/too-young-to-smoke-but-not-to-pick-tobacco

Are you ready? Oswego is going tobacco free on January 1st, 2015. Quit kits are available at the Lifestyles Center!

 

Emily Klingbeil, Peer Educator