Growing tobacco has far more uses then just smoking it or trading it off as a barter item. Tobacco can be used as an insecticide and to relieve localized pain. There are now some studies that suggest it will have a use as a medical treatment for some mental disorders. If you can grow a tomato from a seed you can grow tobacco. The process of drying and curing the tobacco can be more challenging but at the same time it can be quite rewarding. How many smokers out there really want to keep paying higher and higher taxes for their tobacco? It even possible to get tobacco seeds for free from the US government. I got 7000 in the mail today. Tobacco can be grown in all 50 states but some states may have a limit on how much you can grow. You can not sell your tobacco without permits. In Missouri I can grow a hundred acres if I wanted to, (I don't have a hundred acres so I guess I won't grow that much). Long term storage of tobacco: Long term storage is called 'cellaring' your tobacco. Seal it up in mason jars and store it away. Not only will it keep for many years but most of it will also taste much better after time. Most strait tobaccos, strait burley's-strait Virginia's, will greatly improve with age much like wine does. Tobaccos that are heavily flavored start to lose some of their flavors after a couple of years. You do not have to grow tobacco to cellar it. You can buy big bulk bags of pipe or even cigarette tobacco and stick it away in mason jars. Since most chewing tobaccos are very heavily flavored they do not store well beyond two years. Dry nasal snuff will last for a very long time.