Tobacco price hikes

The high price of cigarettes

By now, we all know that smoking cigarettes is bad for your health. But it can also be bad for the health of the people that make those cigarettes – especially the farmers that come into close contact with tobacco crops.

In Zimbabwe, the world’s sixth largest tobacco producer, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has just released a new report detailing the serious health risks faced by tobacco farmers, as well as widespread labour abuses. Most seriously, the report reveals that the routine use of child labour in the cultivation and harvest of tobacco crops. Few of the adults or the children interviewed for the report had any awareness of the dangers of handling nicotine and toxic pesticides, which can lead to nausea, vomiting, headaches, or dizziness.

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Source: 
Mail & Guardian Online

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