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Leading tobacco producing countries worldwide in 2016 (in 1,000 metric tons)*

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Tobacco production by country worldwide 2016 This statistic shows the worldwide tobacco production in 2016, by country. In that year, China was the biggest tobacco producer worldwide with an amount of some 2.8 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.
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This statistic shows the worldwide tobacco production in 2016, by country. In that year, China was the biggest tobacco producer worldwide with an amount of some 2.8 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.
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Release date
February 2018
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
2016
Supplementary notes
* Unmanufactured tobacco.
** FAO 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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