Several interesting observations emerge from the data on the contribution of tobacco to state economies.
In 2000 the share of GSP accounted for by tobacco farming and manufacturing was just over 4% in North Carolina, just over 2% in Kentucky and Virginia, and slightly less than 1% in Georgia. Over the period from 1979 through 2000, the share of GSP accounted for by tobacco growing and manufacturing exceeded 0.2% in any year in just two other states—South Carolina and Tennessee. Second, as illustrated in figure 6.5, the economic contribution of tobacco to the national economy has been declining for most of the period from 1979 through 2000.
Tobacco farming contributed just over 0.1% of gross domestic product (GDP) in the early 1980s; by 2000, this was down to less than 0.03% of GDP. Tobacco manufacturing’s contribution to GDP has been somewhat more stable but has been generally declining since the early 1990s. In general, the value of tobacco manufacturing depends heavily on the price of tobacco products, as can be seen by some of the larger changes in the share of GDP accounted for by tobacco manufacturing over time. For example, the “Marlboro Friday” reductions in the prices of leading cigarette brands in 1993 contributed to a significant decline in the economic impact of tobacco manufacturing, whereas the settlement-related price increases of the late 1990s contributed to the increase in the economic impact of tobacco manufacturing at the end of the period.
Recent declines in the production of tobacco products have almost certainly led to a renewal of the downward trend in the economic impact of tobacco manufacturing on the U.S. economy. Finally, even in the states where tobacco growing and manufacturing have had a significant impact on the state economy, their importance has diminished over time. For example, in North Carolina and Kentucky, the states where tobacco has historically had the greatest economic impact, the share of GSP accounted for by tobacco growing and manufacturing fell by nearly 60% from 1979 through 1999.
Similarly, tobacco’s share of GSP in Virginia fell by more than 40% during this period. The only exception to this trend is Georgia, which experienced an increase in tobacco manufacturing’s contribution to its GSP in the early 1980s, followed by relative stability; recent trends in Georgia, however, suggest that the economic impact of tobacco is beginning to fall there as well.
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Tobacco InfoTobacco is an annual or bi-annual growing 1-3 meters tall with large sticky leaves that contain nicotine. Native to the Americas, tobacco has a long history of use as a shamanic inebriant and stimulant. It is extremely popular and well-known for its addictive potential.
Nicotiana rustica leaves. Nicotiana rustica leaves have a nicotine content as high as 9%, whereas Nicotiana tabacum (common tobacco) leaves contain about 1 to 3%
A cigar is a tightly rolled bundle of dried and fermented tobacco which is ignited so that its smoke may be drawn into the mouth. Cigar tobacco is grown in significant quantities in Brazil, Cameroon, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Indonesia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Sumatra, Philippines, and the Eastern United States.
Tobacco is an agricultural product processed from the fresh leaves of plants in the genus Nicotiana. It can be consumed, used as an organic pesticide, and in the form of nicotine tartrate it is used in some medicines. In consumption it may be in the form of cigarettes smoking, snuffing, chewing, dipping tobacco, or snus.
Cigarettes are smoking products consumed by people and made out of cut tobacco leaves. Cigars are typically composed completely of whole-leaf tobacco. A cigarette has smaller size, composed of processed leaf, and white paper wrapping. The term cigarette refers to a tobacco cigarette too but it can apply to similar devices containing other herbs, such as cannabis.
Facts on Tobacco
I tried to stop smoking cigarettes by telling myself I just didn't want to smoke, but I didn't believe myself.
- Barbara Kelly
I kissed my first girl and smoked my first cigarette on the same day. I haven't had time for tobacco since.
To smoke or not to smoke: I can make of either a life-work.
There's a lot of people who, a cigarette is about the only vacation they have.
Good food, good sex, good digestion, good sleep: to these basic animal pleasures, man has added nothing but the good cigarette.
Watching the smoke dance out of a cigarette is like watching a girl dance out of her dress.
Tobacco, divine, rare superexcellent tobacco, which goes far beyond all panaceas, potable gold and philosopher's stones, a sovereign remedy to all diseases.
Coffee and tobacco are complete repose.