Tobacco Resources

The focus of this page is to provide brief descriptions and links to key industry, government and educational resources available on the Tobacco industry in general and specifically in North Carolina.

Industry Associations
  1. Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina (TGANC): is the primary tobacco association that represents the interests, rights and concerns of tobacco growers and merchants in North Carolina. TGANC publically campaigns and lobbies on the notion that tobacco is beneficial for both the North Carolina state economy, and subsequently, the US economy. They hold a large annual meeting that attracts state and national political support, in addition to leading tobacco industry firms/actors.
  2. North Carolina Farm Bureau (NCFB): is a nonprofit organization that promotes agricultural issues, including tobacco in North Carolina, through lobbying, drafting reports, educational training programs and marketing services for its members. NCFB is located in Raleigh, NC.
  3. US Tobacco Cooperative Inc.: a cooperative of tobacco farmers from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Virginia. Together with its subsidiary, U.S. Flue-Cured Tobacco Growers Inc., it works to develop and promote its members products in both the US and international markets. It is headquartered in Raleigh, NC, and its primary manufacturing facility is located in Timberlake, NC.
  4. Tobacco Merchants Association (TMA): is a trade association offering, via membership only, access to current worldwide tobacco information; including: trade data, tobacco related publications, stock information, plus US Federal & State legislative and regulatory analysis. Its mission is to be the leading tobacco information hub, targeting merchants, buyers, analysts and academics in both the US and globally. TMA is headquartered in Princeton, NJ.
  5. Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association (TMA): is a UK association of tobacco companies representing amongst others, British American Tobacco, Gallaher Ltd and Imperial Tobacco Ltd. The TMA acts in the interests of its member companies to protect the rights of adults to make consensual decisions to consume tobacco products. Its headquarters are in London, UK.
  6. International Tobacco Growers' Association (ITGA): the ITGA works to connect tobacco growers and buyers around the world. In addition to market data, ITGA also offers trade consultation services, campaign services to fight anti-tobacco, marketing services as well as lobbing services on the interests of tobacco farmers. The ITGA is headquartered in Castelo Branco, Portugal.

Education & Training
  1. North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service (NCCES) - NC State University + A&T State University - Tobacco Growers Information: housed in NCSU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCCES is NCSU’s largest outreach program, and also includes involvement from researchers from A&T State University. The Tobacco Growers Information is a repository of current agronomic tobacco research, tobacco market/labor analysis, and legislative issues involving tobacco in North Carolina. Its specific tobacco resources encompass: economics, labor, regulatory, agronomics, pest management and harvesting and curing.
  2. NCSU Department of Crop Science, Tobacco: this department at NCSU offers complied publications and lists of relevant tobacco industry resources.
  3. University of California, San Francisco Library. Legacy Tobacco Documents Library: the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library contains over 14 million documents related to the tobacco industry produced by tobacco companies and industry sources. The range of topics is far-reaching covering: advertising, marketing, sales and scientific research. These documents are made available as a condition of the Master Settlement Agreement. "The Maxwell Report," a prominent industry report, is also available on this site.

Government Resources
  1. North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Marketing Division, Tobacco, Raleigh, NC

Web-based Resources
  1. Field Crops, Tobacco: this website is a part of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. It provides more recent information on varieties of tobacco crops, in terms of estimated economic impact, variations in the industry between types of tobacco, and trade and production data.
  2. The Golden LEAF Foundation: one half of all funds received from the Master Settlement Agreement are diverted to the Golden LEAF Foundation. This foundation was established to provide support and investments for projects that aim to turn North Carolina's economy from tobacco production. This site provides information on the grants made since establishment. Additionally, the Foundation targets efforts toward counties dependent on the tobacco industry, which are detailed in the site. It is located in Rocky Mt, NC.
  3. United States Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Census of Agriculture, various years: primarily a data source, this website provides information on agricultural production sortable by tobacco, including characteristics of farm operators, products produced, and sales information at the county level. This information allow for the assessment of tobacco production and its location within North Carolina. It also allows for a comparison of tobacco production in North Carolina with other states.
  4. United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, "Briefing Room: Tobacco": this site provides a wealth of research and resources for the tobacco industry as a whole, and tobacco farming in particular. Some of the topics covered include in-depth discussion of tobacco farming in the United States, consumption information, industry overviews and data sources.
  5. Tobacco Reporter: this is a monthly pro-tobacco industry magazine that is available online.

Books, Reports & Articles
  1. Kostova, Deliana , Tesche, Jean, Perucic, Ayda Yurekli, Anne-Marie, and Samira Asma (2014) "Exploring the relationship Between Cigarette Prices and smoking among adults: a Cross-Country study of low-and Middle-income nations." Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 16(Suppl 1), S10-S15.
  2. Bandi, Priti, Blecher, Evan, Cokkinides, Vilma, Ross, Hana, and Jemal, Ahmedin (2013) "Cigarette affordability in the United states", Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 15 (9), 1484-1491.
  3. Standard & Poor's (2013) Industry Surveys, "Alcohol Beverages & Tobacco." New York: Standard & Poor's.
  4. Goger, Annelies, Bamber, Penny, and Gereffi, Gary (2013) "The Tobacco Global Value Chain: Shifting Markets, Governance Structures, and Institutional Frameworks. Durham, N.C.": Duke Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness.
  5. Galinato, Gregmar, Olanie, Aaron, and Yoder, Jonathan (2012) "The trade effects of tobacco regulation". Washington State University College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences.
  6. Stella, Aguinaga Bialous, and Silvy Peeters. (2012). "A brief overview of the tobacco industry in the last 20 years." Tobacco Control, 21(2): 92-94.
  7. Bearman, Peter, Neckerman, Kathryn, & Wright, Leslie (Eds.) (2011) "After Tobacco: What Would Happen If Americans Stopped Smoking?" Columbia University Press
  8. Washington, Michelle, Barnes, Richard, and Glantz, Stanton (2011) "Chipping Away at Tobacco Traditions in Tobacco Country: Tobacco Industry Political Influence and Tobacco Policy Making in North Carolina 1969-2011." Tobacco Control Policy Making: United States, Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, UC San Francisco.
  9. Benson, Peter (2010) "Tobacco talk: reflections on corporate power and the legal framing of consumption." Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 24(4), 500-521.
  10. Crankshaw, Eric, Beach, Robert, Austin, David, Altman, David, and Jones, Alison (2009). "North Carolina tobacco farmers’ changing perceptions of tobacco control and tobacco manufacturers." The Journal of Rural Health, 25(3), 233-239.
  11. United States Department of Agriculture (2007) "Tobacco Situation and Outlook Yearbook." Economic Research Service, United States Department of Agriculture.