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How Much Do You Know About the Tobacco Industry?

By Nick Sekkas
Maryland Newsline
Tuesday, March 14, 2006

1. In 1996, the state of Maryland produced 10 million pounds of tobacco.  Since former Gov. Parris Glendening initiated a “buyout” program in 1999 to pay farmers to grow alternate crops, production of tobacco has substantially declined.  In 2004, how many pounds of tobacco were produced in the state?

8.53 million
1.87 million
3.3 million
400 million

2. From 1998 to 2005, what percentage of Maryland-grown tobacco was taken out of production?

17 percent
2 percent
86 percent
None

3. There are numerous types of tobacco that can be produced.  What type of tobacco is grown in Maryland?

Type 7
Type 36
Type 11.2
Type 32

4. As of March 2004, all but one of the tobacco farmers in Cecil County was of this faith.

Mormon
Amish
Islamic
Catholic

5. What percentage of lung cancer deaths in men can be attributed to smoking?

15 percent
40 percent
90 percent
65 percent

6.  In what year was tobacco first produced for profit in Southern Maryland?

1776
1812
1632
1900

7. After a farmer’s tobacco land is bought out under the state program, what is the minimum number of years he or she must continue in agricultural production?

Six months
Ten years
Twenty-five years
One year

8. Maryland is one of only how many states that produce tobacco in the United States?

23
20
6
5


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