million hectares of fertile land is currently used to produce tobacco and it is a plant that is very demanding when it comes to nutrients. That is why it has to be heavily fertilized and despite all of that, it can only be grown on the same patch of land for a limited amount of years. After that, the soil is completely depleted and hardly anything can grow on it. Tobacco manufacture then moves to fertile land often taking out entire forests in the process of making land fit for cultivation. For that reason, the tobacco industry is one of the largest deforestation industries in the world.