Resource Overview History
Tobacco is is one of the 31 rare resources. It appears as a small plantation of tobacco plants (Nicotiana) and drying tobacco leaves.

Like all rare resources on land, Tobacco can be gathered by sending a Merchant from the Market to the resource location. Tobacco provides the following benefits:

The gather rate of rare resources can be increased in various ways, as described in the main article. Note that Knowledge Knowledge is not gathered before the Classical Age Classical Age, but the Greeks may gather Knowledge Knowledge from the beginning, making an early exploitation of Tobacco more useful.

Construction speed bonus Edit

The construction speed bonus is almost insignificant for most of the basic structures, reducing the construction time of a Farm or Woodcutter's Camp for example by just 1 second and that of a Temple or University by 2.8 seconds. It becomes somewhat noticeable and important with certain structures like the Forts, which gets its construction time reduced by as much as 18 seconds - allowing for faster expansion and defensive measures.

However, the bonus has a fairly large impact on Wonder construction times, especially that of mid-to-late game wonders. For example, Angkor Wat or Versailles both receive a reduction by 47 seconds on their base construction time, while the late game Super Collider and Space Program get their base construction time reduced by a whopping 1 minute and 20 seconds!