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  1. Around 6.5 trillion cigarettes are sold around the world each year, which translates to roughly 18 billion cigarettes per day.

  2. Of the estimated one billion smokers in the world, 80% live in low- and middle-income countries.

  3. While the United States has significantly decreased its share of tobacco farming from over 180,000 farms in the 1980s to just over 10,000 today, it is still the fourth-largest producer in the world.

  4. China, India, and Brazil are today the three largest tobacco-producing countries.

  5. Every day, 1,600 Americans under 18 light up their first cigarette.

  6. Of these, 200 will go on to become full-time smokers.

  7. Nearly nine out of every 10 smokers in the U.S. tried their first cigarette before the age of 18.

  8. 4.3% of middle school students and 11.3% of high school students reported using e-cigarettes.

  9. 2.2% of middle school students and 5.8% of high school students reported using chewing tobacco, a practice strongly linked to oral cancer.

  10. Nearly 70% of American smokers want to quit, and around 55% have made at least one attempt to quit in the past year.

  11. 1.73 million fewer middle and high school students are using tobacco products in 2020 compared to 2019.

  12. A decrease in youth use of e-cigarettes (1.80 million) accounted for a large portion of the decline in overall youth tobacco use.

  13.  Despite the declines in youth use of combustible tobacco products, there was no change in teen cigarette smoking from 2019 to 2020.

  14. Rates of combustible tobacco use remain concerningly high: among youth who use any tobacco product in 2020, about 42 percent smoke combustible products.

  15. There are 3.58 million youth who are currently using e-cigarettes.

  16. Tobacco is the single most preventable cause of death in the world today.

  17. There are 1.3 billion tobacco users worldwide.

  18. Tobacco kills around 8 million people every year (more than 7 million active smokers and over 1 million non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke), including 1 million in the Americas.

  19. The life expectancy of smokers is at least 10 years less than non-smokers.

  20. Mortality from tobacco use in the Region accounts for 16% of the deaths from cardiovascular disease, 25% of those from cancer, and more than half (52%) of those from chronic respiratory diseases.

  21. Tobacco is the only legal consumer product that kills up to half of its users when used exactly as intended by the manufacturer.

  22. Tobacco companies spent over 8 billion dollars in marketing and advertising.

  23. Total global economic cost of smoking – from associated health expenditures and productivity losses – is estimated to be about US$ 1.4 trillion annually, equivalent to 1.8% of 2012 world’s annual GDP.

  24. Children and adolescents who use e-cigarettes at least double their chance of smoking cigarettes later in life.

  25.  Several tobacco plants have been used as model organisms in genetics.

  26. Tobacco has played a pioneering role in callus culture research and the elucidation of the mechanism by which kinetin works, laying the groundwork for modern agricultural biotechnology.

  27.  Transgenic tobacco was the first GM crop to be tested in field trials, in the United States and France in 1986.

  28. China became the first country in the world to approve commercial planting of a Genetic Modification crop in 1993, which was tobacco.

  29. More than 70 species of tobacco are known, but the chief commercial crop is N. tabacum

  30. Beedi are thin, often flavoured cigarettes from India made of tobacco wrapped in a tendu leaf, and secured with coloured thread at one end.

  31. Chewing tobacco is the oldest way of consuming tobacco leaves. It is consumed orally, in two forms: through sweetened strands (“chew” or “chaw”), or in a shredded form

  32. Cigars are tightly rolled bundles of dried and fermented tobacco, which are ignited so their smoke may be drawn into the smokers’ mouths.

  33. Cigarettes are a product consumed through inhalation of smoke and manufactured from cured and finely cut tobacco leaves and reconstituted tobacco, often combined with other additives, then rolled into a paper cylinder.

  34. Creamy snuff is tobacco paste, consisting of tobacco, clove oil, glycerin, spearmint, menthol, and camphor, and sold in a toothpaste tube.

  35. Dipping tobacco is a form of smokeless tobacco. Dip is occasionally referred to as “chew”, and because of this, it is commonly confused with chewing tobacco, which encompasses a wider range of products.

  36. Dipping tobacco is a form of smokeless tobacco. Dip is occasionally referred to as “chew”, and because of this, it is commonly confused with chewing tobacco, which encompasses a wider range of products.

  37. Dokha is a middle eastern tobacco with high nicotine levels grown in parts of Oman and Hatta, which is smoked through a thin pipe called a medwakh. It is a form of tobacco which is dried up and ground and contains little to no additives excluding spices, fruits, or flowers to enhance smell and flavor.

  38. Kreteks are cigarettes made with a complex blend of tobacco, cloves, and a flavoring “sauce”. They were first introduced in the 1880s in Kudus, Java, to deliver the medicinal eugenol of cloves to the lungs.

  39. Roll-your-own, often called ‘rollies’ or ‘roll-ups’, are relatively popular in some European countries. These are prepared from loose tobacco, cigarette papers, and filters all bought separately. They are usually cheaper to make.

  40. Snuff is a ground smokeless tobacco product, inhaled or “snuffed” through the nose. If referring specifically to the orally consumed moist snuff, see dipping tobacco.

  41. Snus is a steam-pasteurized moist powdered tobacco product that is not fermented, and induces minimal salivation.

  42. Tobacco edibles, often in the form of an infusion or a spice, have gained popularity in recent years.

  43. Tobacco pipes typically consist of a small chamber (the bowl) for the combustion of the tobacco to be smoked and a thin stem (shank) that ends in a mouthpiece (the bit). Shredded pieces of tobacco are placed in the chamber and ignited.

  44. Tobacco water is a traditional organic insecticide used in domestic gardening. Tobacco dust can be used similarly. It is produced by boiling strong tobacco in water, or by steeping the tobacco in water for a longer period. 

  45. Topical tobacco paste is sometimes used as a treatment for wasp, hornet, fire ant, scorpion, and bee stings.

  46. The tobacco industry’s ads, price breaks, and other promotions for its products are a big influence in our society.

  47. A newer influence on tobacco use is the e-cigarette and other high-tech, fashionable electronic “vaping” devices.

  48. Anyone who starts using tobacco can become addicted to nicotine. Nicotine is a drug that occurs naturally in tobacco.

  49. The average amount of nicotine in one regular cigarette is about 1 to 2 milligrams (mg). The amount you actually take in depends on how you smoke, how many puffs you take, how deeply you inhale, and other factors.

  50. Smokeless tobacco delivers a high dose of nicotine. It is measured in milligrams (mg) of nicotine per gram (g) of tobacco. It’s been found to vary greatly, for instance as much as 4 to 25 mg/g for moist snuff, 11 to 25 mg/g for dry snuff, and 3 to 40 mg/g for chew tobacco. 

  51. Stopping or cutting back on tobacco causes symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.  Withdrawal is both physical and mental.

  52. The global tobacco market size was valued at USD 932.11 billion in 2020 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.8% from 2021 to 2028. 

  53. The next-generation tobacco products segment is anticipated to be the fastest-growing segment with a CAGR of 2.8% from 2021 to 2028.

  54. The global tobacco market size was estimated at USD 932.11 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach USD 949.82 billion in 2021.

  55. The global tobacco market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 1.8% from 2021 to 2028 to reach USD 1,073.19 billion by 2028.

  56. Asia Pacific dominated the tobacco market with a share of 36.59% in 2019. This is attributed to the high consumption of tobacco products in countries including China, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, India, Thailand, Bangladesh, and Indonesia.

  57. Some key players operating in the tobacco market include Pyxus International, Inc., Swedish Match, ITC Limited, Altria Group, Inc., KT&G Corp., PHILIP MORRIS PRODUCTS S.A., British American Tobacco, JT International SA, Imperial Brands, Universal Corporation, and Scandinavian Tobacco Group A/S.

  58. Key factors that are driving the tobacco market growth include increasing consumer disposable income and the availability of superior products such as customized e-cigarettes and pipes.

  59. The market size of the Cigarette & Tobacco Manufacturing industry is expected to decline -0.1% in 2021

  60. The market size of the Cigarette & Tobacco Manufacturing industry in the US has grown 2.2% per year on average between 2016 and 2021.

  61. The market size of the Cigarette & Tobacco Manufacturing industry in the US increased faster than the economy overall.

  62. The Cigarette & Tobacco Manufacturing industry in the US is the 21st ranked Manufacturing industry by market size and the 192nd largest in the US.

  63. The primary negative factors affecting this industry are a declining life cycle stage and high competition.

  64. Tobacco growing has proven to be a problematic practice due to its detrimental environmental impact, the deeply troubling health implications of growing and processing, and the precarious economic livelihoods of most farming households.

  65. Tobacco cultivation does employ thousands of farmers in some countries, but governments (and especially industry) typically oversimplify the nature of this employment.

  66. Approximately one fourth of the population uses tobacco products, and 19.4 percent smoke cigarettes. 

  67. Cigarette smoking is the most popular method of using tobacco.

  68. The tobacco products market is segmented into cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos and smoking and other tobacco products.

  69. New types of cigarettes include long, extra-slim, light-colored with low tar content, and are particularly targeted towards female smokers. 

  70. The outbreak of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has acted as a massive restraint on the tobacco products market in 2020 as supply chains were disrupted due to trade restrictions and consumption declined due to lockdowns imposed by governments globally.

  71. The outbreak is expected to continue to have a negative impact on businesses throughout 2020 and into 2021.

  72. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in significant state revenue shortfalls and increased expenses. Since states are required to balance their budgets every year, state lawmakers will likely consider tobacco product tax increases as one option during 2021 legislative sessions.

  73. Tobacco is the most widely smuggled legal product.

  74. Tobacco is cultivated annually, and can be harvested in several ways.

  75. U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a rule requiring 11 new text warnings with graphic color images on cigarette packs, cartons and advertisements beginning June 18, 2021. 

  76. The rate of excise tax (duty) on cigarettes and certain tobacco products increased beginning in 2021. Other excise rates remain unchanged. 

  77. The tobacco industry spends billions of dollars each year on cigarette and smokeless tobacco advertising and promotions.

  78. $9.06 billion was spent on advertising and promotion of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco combined—about $25 million every day, and more than $1 million every hour.

  79. Price discounts to retailers account for 73.3% of all cigarette marketing (about $6.16 billion). These are discounts paid in order to reduce the price of cigarettes to consumers

  80. Spending 12% (about $3.3 billion) of the $27.2 billion would fund every state’s tobacco control program at CDC-recommended levels.

  81.  Right now, not a single state out of 50 funds these programs at CDC’s “recommended” level. Only three states (Alaska, California, and Maine) give even 70% of the full recommended amount. Twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia spend less than 20 percent of what the CDC recommends. One state, Connecticut, gives no state funds for prevention and quit-smoking programs.

  82. Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease and death in the United States.

  83. About 438,000 people die each year from smoking-related diseases. This is more than all alcohol, cocaine, crack, heroin, homicide, suicide, car crash, fire, and AIDS deaths combined. In New York State, that number is about 25,500 adults.

  84. There are 1.1 billion tobacco users in the world. This number is expected to increase to 1.6 billion over the next two decades.

  85. In the United States, each pack of cigarettes sold costs society an estimated $18.05.

  86. Under 11% of the world’s population are protected by comprehensive national smoke-free laws.

  87. National comprehensive health-care services supporting cessation are available in only 19 countries, representing 14% of the world’s population.

  88. Consumption of tobacco products is increasing globally, though it is decreasing in some high-income and upper middle-income countries.

  89. Nearly 80% of the world’s one billion smokers live in low- and middle-income countries.

  90. Tobacco tax revenues are on average 154 times higher than spending on tobacco control, based on available data.

  91. Only 27 countries, representing less than 8% of the world’s population, have tobacco tax rates greater than 75% of the retail price.

  92. Around 38% of countries have minimal or no restrictions at all on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

  93. Only 19 countries, representing 6% of the world’s population, have reached the highest level of achievement in banning tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.

  94. Just 19 countries, representing 15% of the world’s population, meet the best practice for pictorial warnings, which includes the warnings in the local language and cover an average of at least half of the front and back of cigarette packs.

  95. It is illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 18 in the US.

  96. Tobacco products are manufactured with various additives to preserve the tobacco’s shelf life, alter its burning characteristics, control its moisture content, inhibit the hatching of insect eggs that may be present in the plant material, mask the irritative effects of nicotine, and provide any of a wide array of flavours and aromas.

  97.  About 10 million cigarettes are sold every minute in the world.

  98.  About 250 million women smoke around the world compared to 1 billion men.

  99. Nearly 35 million people make a serious attempt to quit each year. Unfortunately, most who try to quit on their own relapse — often within a week.

  100. Tobacco smokers (cigarettes, water pipes, bidis, cigars, heated tobacco products) may be more vulnerable to contracting COVID-19, as the act of smoking involves contact of fingers (and possibly contaminated cigarettes) with the lips, which increases the possibility of transmission of viruses from hand to mouth. 

  101. Smoking any kind of tobacco reduces lung capacity and increases the risk of many respiratory infections and can increase the severity of respiratory diseases. COVID-19 is an infectious disease that primarily attacks the lungs. Smoking impairs lung function making it harder for the body to fight off coronaviruses and other respiratory diseases.  Available research suggests that smokers are at higher risk of developing severe COVID-19 outcomes and death.

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What are tobacco shops?

Tobacco shops are specialty stores that mainly stock products for smoking and vaping. The range of such stores usually includes products such as vapes, bongs, smoking pipes, disposable vapes, e-liquids for vapes, as well as various herbs for smoking and care products for your smoking devices.

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