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Re: Young Children Are Getting Sick Working on U.S. Tobacco Farms
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2018, 10:56:07 AM »
http://time.com/98781/us-tobacco-farms-child-labor/
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Not everyone favors stricter controls. Republican Kentucky state senator Paul Hornback says he worked in tobacco fields from when he was 10 years old and doesn’t think further legislation is necessary. “It’s hard manual labor, but there’s nothing wrong with hard manual labor,” he told the Associated Press.
He's right there isn't anything wrong with working hard. But, there is something wrong with letting kids die from being poisoned.
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Re: Young Children Are Getting Sick Working on U.S. Tobacco Farms
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2018, 11:54:11 AM »
http://time.com/98781/us-tobacco-farms-child-labor/
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Not everyone favors stricter controls. Republican Kentucky state senator Paul Hornback says he worked in tobacco fields from when he was 10 years old and doesn’t think further legislation is necessary. “It’s hard manual labor, but there’s nothing wrong with hard manual labor,” he told the Associated Press.
He's right there isn't anything wrong with working hard. But, there is something wrong with letting kids die from being poisoned.

the article says nothing about children dying. they can get sick

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Children as young as 7 years old are suffering serious health problem from toiling long hours in tobacco fields to harvest pesticide-laced leaves for major cigarette brands, according to a report released Wednesday.


They reported nausea, vomiting, headaches and other health problems associated with nicotine poisoning, known colloquially as green tobacco sickness, which is common among agricultural workers who absorb the toxic substance through their skin.

this should be changed, at the very least with tobacco
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U.S. agriculture labor laws are much looser, allowing 12-year-olds to labor for unlimited hours outside of school on any size of farm. On small farms, there is no minimum age set for child workers.
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Re: Young Children Are Getting Sick Working on U.S. Tobacco Farms
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2018, 03:32:41 PM »
http://time.com/98781/us-tobacco-farms-child-labor/
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Not everyone favors stricter controls. Republican Kentucky state senator Paul Hornback says he worked in tobacco fields from when he was 10 years old and doesn’t think further legislation is necessary. “It’s hard manual labor, but there’s nothing wrong with hard manual labor,” he told the Associated Press.
He's right there isn't anything wrong with working hard. But, there is something wrong with letting kids die from being poisoned.
the article says nothing about children dying. they can get sick
No you're right. I was saying it more as a figure of speech. Simpler to "they're going down hill" type of statement. Sorry for the misunderstanding.
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