Our favorite Daily Show clip: ‘Nicoteens’ and tobacco child labor

Child Rights

Tonight is the final episode of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, and as the show signs off one last time, we’re fondly remembering our favorite clip. Correspondent Samantha Bee interviewed child laborers and a Kentucky tobacco farmer who supports modern child labor in this 2014 Nicoteens investigation:

Unfortunately, child labor on U.S. tobacco farms is no joke. 500,000 children and teenagers work in agriculture, one of the most dangerous work industries in America. According to a the Human Rights Watch report highlighted by The Daily Show, children as young as 7 are working in U.S. tobacco fields, and children as young as 11 and 12 are working 10-12 hour work days. These children can’t buy cigarettes, yet a majority of child tobacco workers report signs of acute nicotine poisoning: vomiting, nausea, headaches, and dizziness.

Will you join First Focus Campaign for Children in calling on Congress to end U.S. tobacco child labor once and for all? The Children Don’t Belong on Tobacco Farms Act prohibits work by children in tobacco-related agriculture. This bill will help ensure the safety, health, and overall well-being of child laborers who are currently being exposed to the dangers of working in tobacco fields. Demand an end to child labor on U.S. tobacco farms today.

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Watch @Campaign4Kids’ favorite @TheDailyShow clip: Nicoteens on child labor on U.S. tobacco farms: http://bit.ly/1SUE2fQ #JonVoyage
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Want to learn more? First Focus Campaign for Children is a bipartisan organization advocating to making children and families the priority in federal policy and budget decisions. Read more about our work on child labor and child rights.

Want to get involved? You can support our work by making a donation, joining our mailing list to receive updates and action alerts on these issues, or taking action right now by asking your Congressional representatives to cosponsor the Children’ Don’t Belong on Tobacco Farms Act.