Chinese cigarette producers made more cigarettes even with fewer tobacco farms in the first half of 2014, according to data from the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration (STMA) released on Monday [28 July 2014]. In the January-June period, cigarette output rose 0.2 percent year-on-year to 25.94 million crates, or 1.3 trillion cigarettes, while the amount of farming land dedicated to ­tobacco in China fell by 170,000 hectares to 1.23 million hectares, according to the STMA…Full Article: The Global Times July 2014

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  • China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of tobacco, with approximately 1.4 million Chinese dying of smoking-related illnesses every year

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  • Founded in 1982 and headquartered in Beijing, China National Tobacco Corporation is a state-owned enterprise that operates a virtual monopoly on the country’s tobacco sector.

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