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Tobacco Board of Zambia (TBZ) was formulated through an Act of Parliament Tobacco Act CAP 237 of the Laws of Zambia.
TBZ has its headquarters in at Plot 19288, along Mungwi Road in Lusaka. Other Offices are in Chipata, Katete and Lundazi in Eastern Province, Kabwe and Mkushi in Central Province , Choma in Southern Province, Nkeyema (Kaoma) in Western Province and Kasama in Northern Province.

Brief history of TBZ

Production of tobacco in Zambia dates back to early 1920’s when White Settler grew it on a small scale. The importance of tobacco as a cash crop grew over the years up to the early past independence years.
Realizing the important role tobacco can play in the National Economy, the Zambian Government undertook a program of setting up tobacco infrastructures in selected parts of the country. These included construction of roads, dams, curing facilities, personnel accommodation and many other related capital work. In addition, a tobacco threshing and packing plant was commission in 1967 with 20,000 tonne capacity.
Despite the entire infrastructure set to boost tobacco production, there was no remarkable increase in the tobacco production. Below are figures for tobacco production from 1976 to 1990. Read More...


TBZ Board is the policy making body for TBZ and its structure has eight (8) Board of Directors. TBZ has a Secretariat headed by the Board Secretary who is also the CEO of the institution. Other offices include Operations, Finance, Human Resources & Administration, Information & Communication Technologies, Procurement, Regional Tobacco Offices, Inspectorate and other general offices.



Tobacco, being a stimulant, is regarded as a drug and is therefore a controlled crop. In Zambia, tobacco is regulated in terms of production, processing and trade.

The importance of the tobacco industry in Zambia cannot be over emphasized. Tobacco as a crop has contributed significantly to poverty alleviation and to the economy in Zambia. The crop has assisted in the creation of employment, empowerment of households through improved income and household food security and other social amenities.

In Zambia, tobacco is grown by about 18,000 farmers (farm-households) comprising 17,800 small-scale farmers and about 200 commercial farmers. Apart from the large number of farmers producing tobacco, employment is also created for input suppliers and transporters. 


"To regulate, promote and facilitate the production, processing, research and trade of tobacco in a sustainable manner to the expectations of stakeholders"


"Tobacco, among the major sustainable contributors to the economic development of Zambia by 2030"


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