Issues Facing the American Tobacco Farmer Term Paper

A look at various issues facing American tobacco farmers.
# 150763 | 1,139 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2007 | TR
Published on Apr 09, 2012 in Economics (General) , Agricultural Studies (General)

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This paper examines the market conditions and legislation that have led to decreasing returns for American tobacco farmers. First, the paper describes how the US has been an important producer and marketer of tobacco and related products ever since the plant's discovery by the Europeans. Then, it explores what it refers to as a combination of restrictive laws, adverse market conditions as well as corporate policies that have led to decreased tobacco output and hence decreased returns for tobacco farmers in the US. Next, the paper dissects the mentioned variables further considering the logical link between them and the dire condition of American tobacco producers. The paper concludes by stating that the increasing awareness of the public on the dangers of cigarette smoking has led the demand for most tobacco products to decrease.

From the Paper:

"It should be noticed that this is an issue between multiple parties, with the tobacco industry aiming to maximize their profits and recover after government fines and law suits, the tobacco farmers trying to earn a living by selling their products, and the government attempting to solve the problem while bearing in mind the health issues caused by increased smoking. It is possible to see that the tobacco businesses are righteous, as generally companies are interested in raising their levels of profit. In this case, the businesses are pursuing such a policy because of the losses they have suffered and because of decreased demand. The farmers on the other hand are also highly interested in raising their own profits, and are unable to do so, given the current circumstances. This seems to lead toward a dead end; however through correct government action and some possible changes in policy both by the government and by large tobacco companies, a solution to this issue may be available. However, it should be taken into account that some of the problems discussed have complex economic roots and as a result there is no simple solution. There are, however ways to improve the situation."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Homepage." Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Homepage. Web. 08 Dec. 2007. <>.
  • "KEY DATA RELATING TO U.S. TOBACCO FARMING DECLINES." Tobacco Free Kids. 20 June 2003. Web. 08 Dec. 2007. <>.
  • "Press Purchase Intentions." The United States House of Representatives A- Web. 08 Dec. 2007. <>.
  • "" THE TOBACCO TIMELINE. Web. 08 Dec. 2007. <>.
  • Yancy, Cecil. "Current Issues Weigh on Tobacco's Future." Southeast Farm Press Home Page |. Farm Press, 21 Apr. 2005. Web. 08 Dec. 2007. <>.

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