A cigarette is a product consumed through smoking and manufactured out of cured and finely cut tobacco leaves and reconstituted tobacco, often combined with other additives, then rolled or stuffed into a paper-wrapped cylinder (generally less than 120 mm in length and 10 mm in diameter). The cigarette is ignited at one end and allowed to shoulder for the purpose of inhalation of its smoke from the other (usually filtered) end, which is inserted in the mouth. European Union ... 18.1% of world total Brazil ... 16.6% United States ... 9.9% Zimbabwe ... 9.1% Turkey ... 6.5% China ... 5.6% India ... 5.5% Malawi ... 5.3% Russia ... 3.9% Other European countries ... 2.0% China ... 2.66 million tones (38% of world total 7 million tones) European Union ... 0.71 million tones (10.2%) India ... 0.52 million tonnes (7.4%) Russia ... 0.44 million tones (6.4%) United States ... 0.43 million tones (6.2%) Brazil ... 0.23 million tones (3.3%) Japan ... 0.18 million tones (2.6%) Indonesia ... 0.17 million tones (2.4%) Turkey ... 0.14 million tones (2%) Pakistan ... 0.10 million tonnes (1.4%) Even the growing awareness of health risks isnt stopping global tobacco consumption, particularly in the fast-growing BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India & China). In addition to leading the world in tobacco consumption as shown below, China is also the worlds foremost cigarette-consuming country. Globally, tobacco output rose from 4.2 million tonnes in 1971 to an annual average of 6.9 million tonnes in 1998-2000. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations projects that world tobacco leaf production will reach 7.1 million tonnes by 2010, although tobacco leaf production in developed nations including the U.S. will fall. The government receives a huge amount of taxes from cigarettes companies and it actually uses the money to help fund the welfare program, which a lot of people can benefit from. When we think of tobacco, the first things that come to mind are cigarettes, second- hand smoke, lung cancer and early death. The benefits of tobacco are evident to farmers who use their land for growing the cash crop. Decreased lung capacity Increased risk of many health conditions just to name a few big ones Heart disease Coronary Artery Disease Lung Cancer Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Emphysema Spending money Trouble breathing, shortness of breath Decreased immune system response Decreased oxygen to tissues throughout the body cigarette smoking is a dependence, which causes an addiction that is difficult to break. The long-term affects result in tobacco related diseases, which negatively affects the cigarette smoker. However everyone who is exposed to 2nd hand cigarette smoke also becomes a passive smoker by default. More than 47,000 Canadians will die prematurely each year due to tobacco use. Almost 8,000 non- smokers die each year from exposure to second- hand smoke.