Daily Archives: November 17, 2011

Utilization of U.S.-Grown Tobacco

More than 94% of the tobacco grown in the United States is used in the manufacture of cigarettes either domestically or overseas). The remainder is processed for chewing, snuff, cigars, and pipes. For the most part, data in this report include all tobacco unless the focus is limited to cigarette tobacco. But even when the data apply to all tobacco, cigarette tobacco overwhelmingly dominates.

Cigarette Consumption

After World War II, U.S. consumption of cigarettes showed a long and steady period of growth, until it reached a peak of 640 billion in 1982. Since then, the decline has been about equally steep and steady. By 2002, consumption was down to 400 billion cigarettes.
The difference between U.S. cigarette production of 565 billion pieces and consumption of 430 billion pieces
in 2002 (shown below) largely is exports, which is discussed later in the report.

Cigarette Production

More than 94% of the tobacco produced in the United States is used in the manufacture of cigarettes. Consequently, U.S. cigarette manufacturers are the primary domestic users of U.S.-grown tobacco. The major cigarette tobaccos are flue-cured (grown primarily in North Carolina and neighboring regions) and burley(grown primarily in Kentucky and neighboring regions).
Maryland-type tobacco (grown in Maryland and Pennsylvania) also is used in cigarettes, but in relatively small amounts. Some imported tobaccos also are used by U.S. cigarette manufacturers. Oriental tobaccos, added for purposes of flavor and aroma, are a traditional component of mild