From: The Honorable David N. Cicilline
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Date: 7/31/2014

To Be Introduced Today

Dear Colleague,

In May 2014, Human Rights Watch released a report on the terrible conditions faced by children as young as seven years old working on tobacco farms in the United States. These young workers frequently work excruciatingly long hours, often without proper protective gear, and many experience symptoms consistent with acute nicotine poisoning, such as nausea, vomiting, and dizziness. Children are the future of our country and should be given every opportunity to obtain a world-class education in the best possible environment, not be working in alarming and unhealthy conditions.

I invite you to be an original cosponsor of the Children Don’t Belong on Tobacco Farms Act, which would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to include in the definition of “particularly hazardous oppressive child labor” any employment in which children under the age of 18 come into direct contact with tobacco plants or dried tobacco leaves. This would allow the Department of Labor to prohibit these children from being hired to do this type of dangerous work.

To cosponsor or for additional information, please contact Elizabeth Hang at 5-4911 or


David N. Cicilline

Member of Congress