Preparing the Tobacco

Tobacco arriving in bales

image of forklift and tobacco bale

The traditional tobacco blend used in the United States consists of three types of tobacco: TurkishClick for a glossary definition or OrientalClick for a glossary definition, flue-cured brightleafClick for a glossary definition, and burleyClick for a glossary definition. These types are blended together in different quantities to produce different brands of cigarettes. A bale of Turkish tobacco is pictured here. It has been transferred from the warehouse to the first floor of the 1898 O’Brien BuildingClick for a map of L&M's Durham complex to be processed. James Nichols is preparing to lift the bale with his forklift.