The primary component in each of our cigarette brands is tobacco. Therefore, quality
control of the types and grades we use is critical. American cigarettes are a blend
of three main tobaccos: bright, burley and Oriental.
Most bright and burley that we use is grown in the United States, while Oriental
tobacco, also known as Turkish, is grown in several Mediterranean countries.
Bright, which is often called flue-cured or Virginia tobacco, is similar to the
large-leaf Spanish tobacco planted by John Rolfe, the English settler credited with
the first successful cultivation of tobacco as a cash crop in Virginia. It is grown
primarily in Virginia, the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama and Florida. Burley tobacco
is grown primarily in Kentucky and Tennessee, and also in North Carolina, Virginia,
West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and Missouri.