In the name of Allah the Most Beneficent the Most Merciful.
Ruling concerning farming tobacco and its profits
Question: What is the Islaamic ruling regarding farming tobacco and the money earned by the farmers from selling it?
Response: It is not permissible to farm tobacco, or to sell it and nor to smoke it because it is haraam in many ways: due to its harmful effects on (one's) health, due to its evilness and lack of benefit. (So) it is upon the Muslim to leave it (completely) and distance himself from it, not to farm it or trade in it because if Allaah has made something haraam then it's trade is also haraam.
And Allaah knows best.
And with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) and his family and his companions.
The Permanent Committee for Islaamic Research and Fataawa, comprising -
Head: Shaykh 'Abdul 'Azeez ibn Abdullaah ibn Baaz;
Deputy Head: Shaykh 'Abdul-'Azeez Aal-ash-Shaykh;
Member: Shaykh Saalih al-Fowzaan;
Member: Shaykh Bakar 'Abdullaah Abu Zayd
Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-'Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa. - Volume 13, Page 62, Question No. 1 of Fatwa No.15928