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tobacco: World Production

Tobacco production in the United States reached its peak in 1946 and since the late 1990s has declined by more than half, dropping to around 800 million pounds in 2012. The United States imports some tobacco for special purposes, e.g., Asian cigarette leaf for blending, Puerto Rican tobacco for cigar filler, and cigar-wrapper leaf from Sumatra and Java. In the United States about four fifths of the crop is grown in North Carolina, Kentucky, and Georgia. China, India, Brazil, the United States, Indonesia, Malawi, and Argentina are the chief producing countries; Brazil, the United States, and India are the largest tobacco exporting nations.

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