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Your Cigarette Habit Could Be Poisoning Indonesia's Child Laborers

  • Report says thousands of children suffer from farming tobacco
  • Philip Morris, BAT say they support Human Rights Watch’s goals

When he was 9 years old, Samsul Hadi began working the tobacco fields in his village in central Indonesia. It wasn’t long before his back ached, his hands turned black from the sticky residue of tobacco leaf, and he began vomiting blood -- a consequence of nicotine poisoning that caused his parents to rush him to a doctor who told him to quit.

“I was coughing for two days, then vomiting blood the next day,” said Samsul, now 18, shy and pock-cheeked, as he perched on the edge of a field and contemplated his family’s future tobacco crops. “Children aren’t strong enough. I don’t want them to experience this.”