green tobacco sickness


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green to·bac·co sick·ness

an illness of tobacco harvest workers characterized by headache, dizziness, and vomiting.
A form of nicotine poisoning that affects young tobacco workers in the Southeastern US, caused by dermal exposure to wet tobacco leaves
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California university medical professor Neal Benowitz explained nicotine poisoning, also called Green Tobacco Sickness, was more severe in youngsters due to their underdeveloped tolerance level against smoking as compared to adults.
Unintentional poisoning by nicotine has been reported, usually among children who eat cigarettes (5), in suicide attempts (6), or among tobacco workers who experience "green tobacco sickness" (7).
A study in the March 2000 issue of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine finds that commercialization and consolidation of tobacco farms may be causing a rise in green tobacco sickness, a form of acute nicotine poisoning that occurs after brushing against wet tobacco leaves.
Case of green tobacco sickness: occupational nicotine poisoning in tobacco harvesters in Korea.