Protective clothing as a means of reducing nicotine absorption in tobacco harvesters

Arch Environ Health. 1979 Mar-Apr;34(2):111-4. doi: 10.1080/00039896.1979.10667379.


Green tobacco sickness is an occupational illness of tobacco illness of tobacco harvesters that is thought to be caused by dermal absorption of nicotine from contact with green tobacco leaf. Wearing of rubberized nylon rainsuits effectively prevented nicotine absorption in volunteers who picked wet tobacco. Nicotine absorption was demonstrated in workers who wore clothing that was not waterproof.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cotinine / urine
  • Environmental Exposure
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nicotine / metabolism*
  • North Carolina
  • Occupational Medicine*
  • Plants, Toxic*
  • Protective Clothing*
  • Skin Absorption
  • Tobacco*


  • Nicotine
  • Cotinine