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|Company||Headquarters||Global Market Share||Global Revenue|
|China National Tobacco Co.||Beijing, China||33.7%||$26.8 billion (2004)|
|Philip Morris International Inc (Altria Group Inc)||New York City. USA||17.6%||$81.8 billion (2003)|
|British American Tobacco||London England||15.1%||$43.0 billion (2003)|
|Japan Tobacco International||Geneva, Switzerland||6.4%||$37.4 billion (2003)|
|Imperial Tobacco Group||Bristol, England||3.6%||$21.5 billion (2004)|
Sources: World Health Organization: The Tobacco Atlas 2002, TOBACCO: GLOBAL TRENDS,Framework Convention Alliance for Tobacco Control Factshhet.
List Notes: Global market share is for the year 2003. Global revenue is in US dollars.
- Each year, over five trillion cigarettes are manufactured globally.
- The government-owned China National Tobacco Corporation is the world's largest producer of tobacco, and accounts for one third of the global market. China produces more than the next nine tobacco producing countries put together. In China, alone, there are about 350 million smokers (60% men and 3% women), more than the entire population of the United States of America.
- For a Brazilian tobacco farmer to earn the equivalent of what a tobacco company director earns in one day would take around 6 years. To earn the Director's equivalent annual salary he would have to work for 2,140 years.
- State tobacco monopolies have been in decline since the 1980s. Most have been privatized and as a result the remaining corporate monopolies represent 40 percent of the world's total cigarette consumption.
- Since the early 1990s, cigarette companies have massively increased their manufacturing capacity in developing countries and eastern Europe.