FACT: More than 60% of tobacco-growing land in located in low-income countries where tobacco is cultivated as a cash crop for export. These countries are too poor to import food, so the tobacco crops prevent them from properly feeding their citizens. 10-20 million people could be fed if all tobacco crops were replaced with food crops.
SOURCE: Geist, H. (1999). Global assessment of deforestation related to tobacco farming. Tobacco Control , 8(1), 18-28.