Tobacco has been important to the American economy for much of the country's history. The British government taxed it, and because of its importance, the new United States government also regulated the growth and sale of tobacco and tobacco products in some fashion usually via taxes, from its founding.1 Beyond that, some regulation also occurred at the state level, most often related to the anti-smoking and anti-cigarette movement. This guide doesn't focus on the legal aspects of regulation, but below are just a few events to note as they might help expand research options.
These sources provide an overview of the history of tobacco as a crop and economic driver in the history of the United States.
If you are looking for information on specific states see the Tobacco in the States page of this guide. If you are looking for older trade periodicals see the subpage in the Research the Industry part of this guide. For those looking to research the Colonial time period, we have Colonies in America: Commerce, Business, and the Economy that includes sources related to business and commerce in the American colonies prior to the American Revolution.
The following materials link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are provided when available.