Tobacco industry in Pakistan

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Tobacco industry in Pakistan is a major employment provider in farming, manufacturing, distribution, and retail in Pakistan.[1] Most of the agricultural cultivation is based in Charsadda District, Mardan District, Nowshera District, and Swabi District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.[2]

Tobacco is grown on 0.25 percent of irrigated land in Pakistan. As of 2016, 34,000 hectares were under cultivation which fell from 43,000 hectares a few years ago.[3]

Around 60 percent of market share is held by Pakistan Tobacco Company and Philip Morris Pakistan.[4] Annually, nearly 160,000 lives are lost in Pakistan due to tobacco consumption.[5]



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  2. ^ Khan, Muqaddam (August 8, 2019). "Swabi tobacco growers turn to vegetable farming". DAWN.COM.
  3. ^ Khan, Mubarak Zeb (December 19, 2016). "Shrinking tobacco cultivation". DAWN.COM.
  4. ^ Niazi, Abdullah (October 2, 2022). "Crop talk: Deadly product, cut-throat competition". Profit by Pakistan Today.
  5. ^ "160,000 People are Killed Every Year in Pakistan from Tobacco Consumption | IBEX". 2019-05-08. Retrieved 2023-09-18.