Reid Maki: On the Legality of Children in Tobacco

American 12-year-olds can’t buy cigarettes. Why can they work in tobacco fields?
— Reid Maki, CLC Coordinator

Read Reid's article in the Guardian, about the work of children in tobacco fields. In the US, a 12-year-old cannot legally walk into a store and buy cigarettes, but the law allows that same child to work in a tobacco field. A 16-year-old child tobacco worker told HRW that tobacco was “the hardest of all the crops we’ve worked in. You get tired. It takes the energy out of you. You get sick, but then you have to go right back to the tobacco the next day.”