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The Tobacco Reference Guide
by David Moyer, MD.

Chapter 30 Tobacco farmers

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Farm cash receipts for tobacco were $2.34 billion in 1990, 90% from the six states of

North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, South Carolina, and Georgia.

Tobacco Use: An American Crisis, p. 84

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The "tobacco subsidy" is a system of federally mandated tobacco price supports that

assures farmers a buyer for their crop at guaranteed minimum price. In 1986, there

was a major bailout of farmers that will eventually cost about $1 billion, or $5,000 of

taxpayer money for each of the nation's 200,000 tobacco farms.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute, March 16, 1988, p. 82

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The government pays $35 million a year to tobacco farmers in crop insurance and

price supports. In addition, there is a year $1 billion subsidy to the tobacco industry

because of the tax deductibility of their advertising and promotional expenses.

NBC news, March 9, 1994

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In 1986, the 137,000 tobacco farms in the US were less than a quarter of their 1950

number. Manufacturers of cigarettes and other tobacco products in 1950 employed

87,340 workers in 900 factories; by 1987, there were only 137 factories with 44,740


American Medical News, November 14, 1994, p. 14

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The number of tobacco farms decreased by 23% from 1985 to 1992, primarily

because tobacco manufacturers boosted the use of imported foreign tobacco in the

production of American cigarettes from 13% in 1980 to 35% in 1992.

SCARC, March 2, 1994

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