This page is primarily for those who want to study the current state of the tobacco industry. The resources can also be used to look at the industry's history as well, since the United States government has long published relevant industry information. Some government publications like the Monthly Business Review from the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland offered industry information in reports like "A Look at Burley Tobacco" External published in October 1963. Other government publications where articles and information on tobacco industry may be found include: the Survey of Current Business, serial publication from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and even Statistics of Income from the IRS that can include articles based on the data they collect as a result their mission and activities.
Another important part of the research process is to understand that for regulatory purposes, leaf tobacco is classified by type currently defined in Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulation (parts 30.1 to 30.61):
There have been various schemes used for industry research to classify business entities and knowing them can make research easier because some databases, many of the print sources, and the U.S. government (most notably the Census Bureau) use them when collecting and publishing data. Currently, the most important of these in the United States is the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS). Prior to that, the Census Bureau used the Standard Industry Classification (SIC) codes. Relevant codes from these systems are included in the sections below, along with links to government data related the tobacco industry are included when available.
There are other industry codes for the manufacture of related products like pipes and other accessories, or may have Products & Services Codes in the North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) and there is a 2022 North American Product Classification System (NAPCS). Manufacturing, wholesale, and retail are treated as different things, so it will be important to research each to understand the industry as a whole.
If you are going to be using international data, there is also the International Standard Industrial Classifications of All Economic Activities (ISITC) External which is maintained by the United Nations.
The North American Product Classification System (NAICPS) hierarchical structure consisting of sections, subsections, divisions, groups, subgroups, and trilateral products.
If you are looking for older materials, you will need to use SIC codes. These were in use beginning in 1937, so it is important to know the SIC codes even if they are using a new system.