Tobacco refers to the more than 70 plant species within the genus Nicotiana of the Solanaceae (nightshade) family, as well as to products manufactured from dried tobacco leaves, including cigars and cigarettes, snuff, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco and flavored shisha.
In an industrial or industry context, "tobacco" refers to the leaves of the tobacco plant (Nicotiana tabacum) that are grown and processed for use in tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco.
Examples of the tobacco industry include:
- Tobacco leaf production and cultivation
- Tobacco processing and blending to produce various tobacco blends for different products
- Manufacturing and production of cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco products
- Distribution and marketing of tobacco products to consumers
- Research and development of new tobacco products and technologies
- Regulation and oversight of the tobacco industry by government agencies.