For generations, tobacco helped breathe life into North Carolina's economy but with changing times, came changing fortunes for one of the state's biggest cash crops.

In  our special series Carolina's Tobacco Road we take an in depth look at the past, present and future of tobacco in North Carolina, just as farmers get ready to wrap up another growing season.

 

Time Warner Cable News reporter Elaina O’Connell sat down with several tobacco farmers to talk about this year's crop.

 

Reporter Elaina O'Connell takes a look at the start of the tobacco industry in North Carolina:

 

Managing Editor Bob Costner looks back at breakthroughs in the tobacco industry

 

Managing Editor Bob Costner looks at the tobacco industries impact on North Carolina's economy and growth

 

Back when tobacco was king, some cities in the Tar Heel State thrived off of tobacco production, while others did not. Time Warner Cable News reporter Chris Williams has the tale of two towns.

 

Time Warner Cable News reporter Chris Williams explains how one major city filled the tobacco void by making the old new again.

 

Time Warner Cable News reporter Elaina O’Connell examines the future of tobacco in the Tar Heel State and explains how research and innovation are helping ensure that the industry doesn't go up in a puff of smoke.

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