The Snuff Tobacco Reference

Tobacco Shrinkage

Shrinkage describes the loss in weight or else the propensity for loss in weight of tobacco material or products during, between, or subsequent to handling, storage, and manufacturing operations. Shrinkage can be caused among other reasons by the evaporation of moisture from the material, in cleaning the material the loss of sand and dirt, and damage caused to the material by pests.


  1. Circular 435: Tobacco Shrinkages and Losses in Weight in Handling and Storage. United States Department of Agriculture. 1937. Digitised version
  2. Tobacco Encyclopedia. Ernst Voges. Shrinkage. Page 286. 1984.