Country of smokers: tobacco production and popular brands


Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Despite the fact that tobacco use costs the country billions of dollars in medical expenses annually, the United States continues to be a leading producer of tobacco leaves, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The U.S. is the fourth-largest tobacco-producing country in the world, following China, India and Brazil.

In 2012, 19 states produced tobacco, with Kentucky, Georgia and North Carolina producing nearly 80 percent of the country’s total. In 2015, North Carolina produced about 375,850 thousand pounds of tobacco. The state’s production was even greater in 2014: 453,860 thousand pounds. In Kentucky, about 149,830 thousand pounds of tobacco were produced in 2015, compared to 214,280 thousand pounds in 2014.


In 2015, published the results of a survey showing the prevalence of smoking among American adults sorted by ethnicity. Smoking was most common among American Indians, with 29.5 percent of the population being smokers. Among black Americans, 19.8 percent defined themselves as smokers, compared to 18.1 percent of white Americans. Around 16.2 percent of Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders were smokers, and over 14 percent of Hispanic people in the United States stated that they smoked. The lowest rate of smoking was recorded among Asian respondents: only 8.8 percent.


Menthol cigarettes were the most popular variety in America, smoked in 6.21 percent of all households. About 4 percent of American households used non-menthol cigarettes, compared to 2.7 percent of households who smoked non-menthol 100s. Menthol 100s were the primary choice for only 1.8 percent of American households.

The highest percentage of American households smoked Marlboro cigarettes — about 5.71 percent. Over 13 percent of households in America didn’t have a brand preference. Newport and Camel were preferred by about 2.2 and 1.6 percent respectively.


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About Pavel Prikhodko


Pavel Prikhodko, Ph.D. Machine Learning

Pavel has worked for many years as a researcher and developer on a wide range of applications (varying from mechanics and manufacturing to social data, finance and advertising), building predictive systems and trying to find stories that data can tell.

In his free time, he enjoys being with his family.

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