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Reducing the Impact of Green Tobacco Sickness among Latino Farmworkers


DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2011-111
cover of 2011-111

Green tobacco sickness (GTS) is acute nicotine poisoning due to nicotine absorption through the skin. It is characterized by headache, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. GTS impairs the work productivity and threatens the health of minority farmworkers who supply most tobacco labor in the U.S. and small farmers who cultivate much of the tobacco abroad.