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Green tobacco sickness.
Jones MS; Goldy DA
Nurse Pract 1998 Sep; 23(9):15-16
Harvesting burley tobacco during the hot, humid months of late summer and early fall creates a risk of green tobacco sickness (GTS). GTS or nicotine poisoning occurs when nicotine is absorbed through the skin of tobacco workers. This dermal absorption occurs when the workers come in contact with wet green tobacco. Wet clothing contaminated with nicotine during the early morning may continue to dose the worker with nicotine throughout the day.
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The Nurse Practitioner
University of Kentucky
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