Malawi Child Labourers Poisoned by Tobacco Crops

Thousands of Malawi children who work picking tobacco suffer from "Green Tobacco Sickness".

Children can absorb the toxin, nicotine, through their skin and can also inhale it from the dust around them.

Nicotine poisoning in children can cause vomiting, weakness, breathlessness, low blood pressure, and in severe cases paralysis.

If you think your child has chewed on or swallowed tobacco, cigarettes, nicotine gum or patches, call your poisons centre immediately.