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International

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.


Africa

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.


Americas

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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17 July 2013

Child safety: how can business help prevent injury?

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...

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29 September 2011

[video] China’s smoking habit

Author: CNN

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...

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29 May 2011

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...

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Article
14 December 2010

Lorillard Tobacco Co. Gave Black Children Free Cigarettes, Jury Finds

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...

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Article
26 November 2010

Passive smoking 'kills 600,000' worldwide

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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2 September 2010

Test finds five in nine school aids on Czech market contain toxic phthalates

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...

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Article
10 August 2010

China to check tainted milk powder reports

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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Article
29 April 2010

Wal-Mart to limit toxic cadmium in kids' products

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...

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Article
19 April 2010

Tobacco 'candy' could poison kids: study

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...

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2 March 2010

Poisoning children [Pakistan]

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...

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