Tobacco production worldwide 2019, by country

This statistic shows the worldwide tobacco production in 2019, by country. In that year, China was the biggest tobacco producer worldwide with an amount of some 2.61 million metric tons of tobacco produced.

Tobacco production

Tobacco is a plant product containing mainly nicotine, cellulose, ammonia, and protein. In order for tobacco to be suitable for human consumption, the tobacco leaves are dried and cured after picking them at the plant and separating them from their stems. Various tobacco goods can be manufactured from the processed dried leaves including cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco and shisha tobacco. It is predominantly consumed for the stimulant alkaloid nicotine and is associated with many heart- and lung-related diseases including cancer.

Tobacco production is primarily concentrated in regions with a mild and sunny climate, which is suitable for the cultivation of tobacco plants. China, India and Brazil were rated among the leading producers worldwide, followed by the United States. In the U.S., states residing in the Virginia-Carolina tobacco belt are mainly known for their extensive tobacco cultivation.

The consumption of tobacco products is highly regulated in the United States. The legal smoking age differs by state and starts around 18 years. The same goes for the existing smoking bans which are regulated individually by each state. Some states have implemented state-wide smoking bans in all enclosed public areas.

Leading tobacco producing countries worldwide in 2019 (in 1,000 metric tons)*

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Release date

January 2021



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Data accessed on January 13, 2021

Supplementary notes

* Unmanufactured tobacco.
** FAO data based on imputation methodology.
Numbers have been rounded to provide a better understanding of the statistic.
The original source does not give any information regarding the publication date.

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