- The tobacco industry is a multi-billion dollar a year business with interests across the globe. Tobacco is no different from most agri-business and the small tobacco farmer selling his harvest at auction is a thing of the past. Tobacco is a commodity bought and sold over massive international distribution networks.
- In an effort to circumvent regulations against the advertising of their products, tobacco companies sponsor events and venues such as art galleries, theater performances, sporting events, music festivals, and more.
- Tobacco companies have been actively diversifying their product portfolios to hedge against regulation and shifting market demands by acquiring household name brands and some companies, such as R. J. Reynolds, and re-branding themselves (to RJR Nabisco) to shed their tobacco company identities.