The global tobacco industry produced approximately 7.44 million metric tons in 2013. The leading producer is China, which harvested some 3.15 million metric tons of tobacco in the same year. Other major producers were Brazil and India. The leading tobacco company worldwide was the Imperial Tobacco Group, generating some 39.1 billion U.S. dollars of revenue in 2016.
Most of the world’s tobacco is processed into cigarettes. The latest edition of The Tobacco Atlas showed that about 5.8 trillion cigarettes were consumed worldwide in 2014. China was also the largest consumer of tobacco products worldwide, responsible for some 2.57 trillion consumed cigarettes in 2014. Russia and the United States rounded off the leading three countries. However, the percentage of cigarette smokers in the U.S. has decreased constantly over the past decade.
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