Tobacco Grading and Aging

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GRADING AND AGING

After curing, the moisture content is standardized (the process is called redrying) to maintain the characteristics of the tobacco for the 12 to 18 months it is held prior to being used. (Oriental tobaccos are not redried; instead they are stored in small bales and allowed to ferment.) After storage, moisture is added and tobacco is blended to achieve the differing qualities needed for cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobaccos, snuff, or chewing tobacco.

China is the world's leading tobacco grower. The United States is a distant second, followed by India and Brazil. Italy, Indonesia, Turkey, Greece, and Zimbabwe are also major producers.

History - Cultivation - Curing - US Tobacco Industry

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