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Cigarettes make up for about 85% of the tobacco consumed in the United States.

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Tobacco is a plant whose cured and dried leaves are the chief component in the production of cigarettes and cigars. Tobacco is classified into four groups: (1) Air-cured tobacco, (2) Fire-cured tobacco, (3) Flue-cured tobacco, and (4) Cigar leaf tobacco. Native Americans were the first to grow and utilize tobacco and soon after the Europeans arrived, they brought home to Europe some seeds where it were grown to be used as medicine for relaxation.
Smoking is only one mode of consuming tobacco, others include dipping or placing it between your gum and cheek, chewing and sniffing it in the form of fine powder. Cigarettes make up for about 85% of the tobacco consumed in the United States. The rest are for making cigars, smoking tobacco, chewing tobacco, and snuff.  Tobacco contains the neurotoxin, nicotine, that is harmful to insects and thus tobacco leaves are also used in manufacturing insecticides. Tobacco use results in the incorporation of nicotine into the bloodstream of the consumer, therefore the progression of tolerance then dependence to nicotine is established. Tobacco crop sales total to about 3 billion dollars in the United States while China leads in annual worldwide tobacco production. The taxes on tobacco products provide a major source of revenue for a tobacco producing country’s government. All the state governments and some local governments also tax tobacco products. Taxes on tobacco sum up to about two to three times the amount the tobacco farmer receives for their crops. 

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