The tobacco plant belongs to the nightshade family, just like the potato plant and the tomato plant. It is an annual, with a short tap root and 6-8 side roots that branch into a dense root system. The plant has a main stalk that does not branch until the very top. Depending on the species and growing conditions, the plant can reach heights ranging from 50 cm to 3 m.
The various tobacco species are divided into two main groups: Nicotiana tabacum and the much smaller Nicotiana rustica, which includes ornamental plants. Nicotiana tabacum includes all the tobacco species of importance for the modern tobacco industry.
The tobacco leaves that Scandinavian Tobacco Group selects for the production are grown in countries all over the world: Indonesia, Ecuador, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Colombia, the Philippines, Italy, USA, Mexico, Malawi, Turkey, Greece and Cyprus are the biggest suppliers of tobacco leaves to the Group.