Tobacco is an agricultural crop, most commonly used to make cigarettes. It is grown all over the world and supports a billion-dollar industry. The psychoactive ingredient is nicotine, a stimulant, but more than 4,000 other chemicals (2,000 of which are known to be poisonous) are present in cigarettes. Tobacco is a nervous system stimulant that triggers complex biochemical and neurotransmitter disruptions.
Where Did Tobacco Originate?
Tobacco is a plant native to Central America. It was already cultivated by the Mayans 3,000 years ago. After the discovery of America, the tobacco was imported into Europe and consumed in the form of cigars, chewing tobacco or pipe tobacco.
The demand for the plant increased, and the cultivation practices expanded worldwide with time as people found ways to process the plant to achieve different forms of tobacco products.
Here’s the leading tobacco producing countries worldwide. Scroll on the area to reveal country information.
Most of the world’s tobacco production originates from China. Cigar tobaccos, on the other hand, are mainly grown in the intertropical areas. China is accountable for 2.6 million metric tons, whereas the second highest producer is India which only has a 701k metric tons.
Where is Tobacco Grown In The US?
Tobacco distribution is measured in the United States using the term, “tobacco outlet density.” As the tobacco type change, the climate requirements change to so different types of tobacco are grown in different places. In the US, tobacco is a regional crop which is mostly concentrated in the Southeastern United States.
Here’s the leading tobacco producing states in America:
Tobacco was the most valuable component for Kentucky’s economy. In 2014, 91,700 acres of tobacco were harvested producing 214.3 million pounds of tobacco, with an average yield of 2,337 pounds per acre. Numbers have shown that 163.4 million pounds, and 5,000 acres of dark air-cured tobacco produced 14.5 million pounds.
Similarly, North Carolina’s favorite cash crop is still Tobacco. However, there’s been a significant decrease in the number of farmers growing tobacco in the past decade. 17% of North Carolina’s total income comes from agriculture including tobacco, soybean, corn, cotton, and greenhouse/nursery plants.
How Much Tobacco Is Grown in the World?
World tobacco production was estimated at more than 7.5 million tonnes in 2011. It’s also estimated that as of today, 8 million tonnes are being grown in the world. Burley tobacco accounts for 10% of all global tobacco production.