10. Tobacco: $162 million
Top export state: North Carolina, $156 million
The tobacco industry relies heavily on China, where there are more smokers than there are U.S. citizens, according to the Laurinburg (North Carolina) Exchange newspaper.
U.S. growers are anxious about losing demand for their product as tariffs make their imports more costly to Chinese consumers, according to the report.
“There is a serious risk that the Chinese customer might not return to U.S. market even if all the tariffs went away,” Graham Boyd, executive vice president of the Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina, told the Exchange.