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Tobacco Growing Communities. North Carolina is currently the largest producer of tobacco in the U.S. Demographic Information. Primary Tobacco Growing Communities. Johnston, Pitt, Robeson, Nash, Columbus and Wilson. Tobacco Growing Communities.

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Tobacco growing communities

Tobacco Growing Communities

Tobacco growing communities

North Carolina is currently the largest producer of tobacco in the U.S.

Demographic information

Demographic Information

Primary Tobacco Growing Communities

Johnston, Pitt, Robeson, Nash, Columbus and Wilson

Tobacco growing communities1

Tobacco Growing Communities

  • The NC tobacco industry is in a transition period.

Tobacco growing communities2

Tobacco Growing Communities

The number of tobacco farms are declining.

Tobacco farmers grow other crops.

Tobacco growing communities3

Tobacco Growing Communities

Tobacco farming is hard work, impacts the environment and has some health hazards.

Tobacco growing communities

Some farm workers get ‘Green Tobacco Sickness’ from working in tobacco fields.

Tobacco growing communities4

Tobacco Growing Communities

Cigarette smoking is more common in rural communities.

What is socioeconomic status ses

What is Socioeconomic Status (SES)?

  • SES is a picture of a peoples’ status using factors such as income, years of education, home location and whether or not they own homes.

Tobacco growing and lower income communities

Tobacco Growing and Lower Income Communities

  • People below the poverty line are more likely to smoke.

  • Tobacco growing communities in NC are communities that tend to be lower income or low SES.

Lses and the impact on tobacco growing communities

LSES and the Impact on Tobacco Growing Communities

Because of their tobacco use people in tobacco-growing communities have higher rates of illness, death, and financial loss.

How is tobacco used by members of our community

How is tobacco used by members of our community?

People in low SES communities are:

  • Less likely to quit.

  • More likely to start smoking after having a baby.

  • May not be able to afford NRT.

What health effects does tobacco use have on members of our community

What health effects does tobacco use have on members of our community?

More likely than others to die if they develop lung cancer.

What can you do

What can you do?

  • Take the pledge to be tobacco free and urge your friends to do the same at

  • Refer tobacco users to QuitlineNC at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

  • Learn more about getting health care services by calling the CARE-LINE at 1-800-662-7030 or visiting .

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