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Child safety: how can business help prevent injury?
Paul Klein, Impakt President, on Guardian Sustainable Business, 17 Jul 2013
The unstoppable march of the tobacco giants: How the industry ruthlessly exploits the developing world – its young, poor and uneducated
Emily Dugan, Independent (UK), 29 May 2011
Passive smoking ‘kills 600,000’ worldwide
BBC, 26 Nov 2010
Study shows passive smoking is particularly dangerous for children, 165,000 children died of smoke-related respiratory infections in one year.
Toys recalled over safety fears
BBC, 2 Aug 2007
Toy recall due to fears of high levels of lead in paint.
Malawi child tobacco workers exposed to nicotine
Raphael Tenthani, Associated Press, 24 Aug 2009
Tobacco giant 'breaks youth code' [Africa]
BBC, 28 Jun 2008
Allegations that British American Tobacco promotes sale of single cigarettes, company denies.
Lorillard Tobacco Co. Gave Black Children Free Cigarettes, Jury Finds [USA]
Steve LeBlanc, Huffington Post, 14 Dec 2010
Wal-Mart to limit toxic cadmium in kids’ products
Justin Pritchard, Natasha Metzler, Associated Press, 29 Apr 2010
Tobacco 'candy' could poison kids: study
Amy Norton, Reuters, 19 Apr 2010
Target to Systematically Reduce Use of Toxic PVC in Infant Products, Children's Toys, Shower Curtains, Packaging
Center for Health, Environment and Justice (USA), 6 Nov 2007
Asia & Pacific
China’s smoking habit
CNN, 29 Sep 2011
Video examines dangerous smoking habits among youth amid allegations that schools are sponsored by tobacco companies
Summary profile of lawsuit against Sanlu over melamine contaminated milk products in China causing children to fall ill
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
China to check tainted milk powder reports
Emma Graham-Harrison, Reuters, 10 Aug 2010
Chinese food safety officials investigate reports of premature sexual development in baby girls due to hormone-tainted milk powder.
Poisoning children [Pakistan]
Dawn (Pakistan), 2 Mar 2010
Report reveals dangerous levels of contaminants in toys.
Melamine discovered in new milk products
Wang Yan, China Daily, 25 Jan 2010
Chinese companies found selling milk products tainted with melamine, say they bought milk powder to use as raw material in their products.
Three million Pakistani children engaged in labour: UNICEF
Zee News, 25 Oct 2009
Article says although child labour in hazardous professions is banned, children keep being exposed to hazardous chemicals and other substances through work.
Sanlu apologizes for milk powder contamination [China]
Xinhua (China), 16 Sep 2008
Sanlu Group apologized to the public for its contaminated milk powder that had sickened 1,253 babies with kidney stones, two fatally.
Europe & Central Asia
Test finds five in nine school aids on Czech market contain toxic phthalates
Jan Velinger, Radio Praha, 2 Sep 2010
Middle East & North Africa
Lebanon’s forgotten children
AFP, 5 Feb 2008
An estimated 100,000 children work in Lebanon, many of them are exposed to various chemicals, pesticides.
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Author: Paul Klein, Impakt President, on Guardian Sustainable Business
In the drive to be more socially responsible, too many corporations have missed the boat on one of the most important issues of our time: reducing preventable childhood injury...One of the biggest hurdles in reducing preventable injury may be the...
The World Lung Foundation discusses new claims that some Chinese schools are sponsored by tobacco companies. [Transcript:] What has emerged…in terms of funding schools is absolutely outrageous. It is completely incompatible with government’s...
The unstoppable march of the tobacco giants: How the industry ruthlessly exploits the developing world - its young, poor and uneducated
Author: Emily Dugan, Independent [UK]
An investigation…reveals that tobacco firms have taken advantage of lax marketing rules in developing countries by aggressively promoting cigarettes to new, young consumers, while using lawyers, lobby groups and carefully selected statistics to bully...
Author: Steve LeBlanc, Huffington Post
A jury has ruled the Lorillard Tobacco Co. [part of Carolina Group] tried to entice black children to become smokers by handing out free cigarettes and has awarded $71 million in compensatory damages to the estate and son of a woman who died of lung...
Author: BBC News
The first global study into the effects of passive smoking has found it causes 600,000 deaths every year. One-third of those killed are children, often exposed to smoke at home, the World Health Organization (WHO) found. The study...found that passive...
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Author: Jan Velinger, Radio Praha
Laboratory tests...have found that five in nine Czech school products contain a high share of toxic substances known as phthalates. Items tested at the request of the Czech environmental NGO Arnika included pencil cases, exercise book jackets and...
Author: Emma Graham-Harrison, Reuters
Chinese food safety officials were investigating reports that hormone-tainted milk powder had caused baby girls to show signs of premature sexual development …Shares of Chinese baby-formula maker Synutra International fell as much as 35% yesterday,...
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Author: Justin Pritchard, Natasha Metzler, Associated Press
The world's largest retailer revealed...that it has started to crack down on the use of the toxic metal cadmium in children's jewelry and other kids' products...Setting new standards is a voluntary move. Though cadmium can harm bones and kidneys and is...
Author: Amy Norton, Reuters
In a study of reports to U.S. poison control centers between 2006 and 2008, investigators found that 13,705 children younger than 6 were accidentally poisoned by tobacco products... In a baby or small child, even a small amount of nicotine...can cause...
Author: Dawn [Pakistan]
An investigation undertaken by this newspaper has revealed the presence of dangerously high levels of contaminants in toys commonly available in Karachi...These toxic metals and chemicals...are serious health hazards. Worryingly, there is no system in...