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Child laborers poisoned -- in the US?!

To President Obama and Secretary of Labor Perez:

We, as citizens from across the United States, are gravely concerned by the fact that children as young as 12 are permitted to work in dangerous conditions in tobacco fields. We urge the U.S. government to take regulatory action to ban children from this kind of hazardous work without delay.

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Children as young as 12 are being slowly poisoned as they work excruciating hours in tobacco fields. Dizzy and unable to breathe, their developing bodies absorb dangerous levels of nicotine -- all because US laws still let tobacco farms hire young kids to work the fields.

It's unbelievable, but we can ban this outrage before the 2015 harvest begins.

Three years ago, the farm lobby teamed up with Monsanto and spent millions to beat back a proposed ban on under-age hiring. This time we can win -- evidence of health dangers to young children has just convinced some tobacco companies to implement age restrictions, so a burst of public pressure is all that's needed to get our government to act.

Once we build a 50,000 strong call to action that Obama and his Secretary of Labor cannot ignore, the Avaaz team will deliver the petition straight to Secretary Perez and bring child laborers' testimonies to politicians and the media. Sign now -- then share with everyone. 

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