Tobacco

Statistics and facts on Tobacco

Tobacco statistics The industry Tobacco provides statistics, facts and market data on different tobacco products and addresses questions concerning smoking habits.


Tobacco is a plant product containing mainly nicotine, cellulose, ammonia, and protein. In order that tobacco may be made suitable for human consumption, the tobacco leaves are dried and cured. Various tobacco products can be manufactured from the processed dried leaves including cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco and shisha tobacco.

In the last decades, the tobacco industry has experienced a forming transformation. Led by the anti-smoking lobby, a wide range of laws and regulations have been implemented. In the age of tobacco regulation, milestones have been the prohibition of cigarette advertising on television and radio and the introduction of smoking-free flights. With the intention of making taking up smoking less appealing, manufacturers are obliged to print prominent health warnings on tobacco packaging.

In the United States, the legal smoking age varies by state and starts around 18 years. In addition, smoking bans and taxes are regulated individually by each state. Some states have implemented statewide smoking bans in all enclosed public places.

On the manufacturer side, the industry is shaped by key players including British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco, Japan Tobacco International, and Philip Morris International.

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