trends of tobacco
Production of tobacco leaf increased by 40% between 1971, during which 4.2 million tons of leaf were produced.
China's increase in tobacco production was the single biggest factor in the increase in world production. China's share of the world market increased from 17% in 1971 to 47% in 1997
This growth can be partially explained by the existence of a high import tariff on foreign tobacco entering China. While this tariff has been reduced from 64% in 1999 to 10% in 2004