Tobacco Industry: Hindrance to the Elimination of Child Labour

Tobacco Industry: Hindrance to the Elimination of Child Labour

The hazards of tobacco handling and toxic exposure to pesticides used in tobacco farming are undisputed. Child labour in tobacco rightfully falls under the category “worst forms of child labour” due to the hazardous nature of work in the tobacco sector. According to International Labour Organization (ILO) Conventions, child labour in such sectors should be prohibited along with forced labour and commercial exploitation of children (prostitution and pornography). Countries like India, Brazil, Malawi South Africa, Uganda, Ghana, prohibits or penalizes those that allow children to work in tobacco fields.

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