Tobacco Industry - Statistics & Facts

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.

The United States is the world’s fourth largest producer of tobacco. In 2016, its production volume was around 629 million pounds with a value of about 1.27 billion U.S. dollars. The total area of harvested tobacco included some 319 thousand acres. The leading U.S. state in tobacco production was North Carolina in 2015.

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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