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About smoking

About smoking

While cigarettes account for the bulk of tobacco consumption there are also cigars, pipe tobacco, snuff and chewing tobacco. According to The Tobacco Atlas, the tobacco leaf is grown in at least 124 of the world's countries.

In 2012, nearly 7.5 million tonnes of tobacco leaf was grown on almost 4.3 million hectares of agricultural land, an area larger than Switzerland. China is the world's leader in tobacco production, with 3.2 million tonnes of tobacco leaf grown in 2012.

How times have changed

Wrong on so many levels, advertisements like this today are unconscionable, and are illegal in many countries, but here are typical TV commercials for cigarettes from the 1940-50s:


More doctors smoke Camels than any oher cigarette, 1949 | graficsfx | 11 Nov 2016 | 1m


Proof Chesterfield cigarettes have no adverse effects on nose, throat, sinuses, 1953 | VideoTime 2 | 29 Jun 2011 | 1m 9s


Lucky Strike cigarette kitchen commercial, 1955 | Comasarchive | 12 Feb 2012 | 1m 4s

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