Can you, a reader of unknown origin and knowledge, confidently claim that you know all tobacco types, or that you know everything about tobaccos? Can you perhaps, list down all the different types of tobacco leaf you are familiar with and then later on, compare them to the list of all tobacco types we have here on this article? Why must you do so, you may wonder. Well to answer that, you will put your knowledge of tobaccos to test, if nothing else comes out of this. You can also look at this as a challenge, for who does not welcome a good challenge when it comes to evaluating your knowledge?
Getting back to the previously mentioned question; not many people can claim to be knowledgable when it comes to different tobacco types, let alone knowing ALL tobacco types. Some information, which should be common knowledge but actually is not, for example, are not even known by people who call themselves experts. Simple information like knowing that each region and climate has its very own unique tobacco plants. Or, aside from that, as another example, not all tobaccos can be used for smoking cigars, shisha, or pipe. Each leaf produces a different type of product, and for example the same tobacco can not always be used for both pipe and hookah. It should also be noted that not all tobaccos can be smoked! Some are simply chewed, without having to go through blending or curing. Further study in botany is recommended for those of the readers who find the subject interesting, and for those of you who do not; we will arm you with necessary information and knowledge, for you to know your tobaccos and make a better choice on the next occasion you plan on buying a tobacco product. Try to see how much of the information you are about to go through was already in your arsenal of tobacco knowledge, and see if you can evaluate yourself by the end of this article

Tobacco Leaf Types

Let us begin with a list of the most used (and known) tobacco leaves, and move on to narrower grounds from there.

1. Oriental
This specific type of tobacco leaf is produced in almost every climate, and on almost any land. Oriental tobacco is grown and harvested in many countries across the globe. Countries such as Lebanon, Turkey, and Greece. It may be interesting to note that this tobacco leaf is similar to tea leaves in many ways ( for example, in the way that it is harvested and grown, or the way it looks) and is also commonly known as the Turkish Tobacco. These are also globally popular because of being flavored, and having a good taste so that they can easily be chewed. Oriental tobacco is also highly aromatic, and is cured by sun.

2. Virginia
This is the evolutionary tobacco leaf that was the beginning to a new era in smoking tobacco which shaped people’s preferences regarding what type of tobacco to smoke as well. Virginia leaves, also called the Bright Leaf tobacco, is an aromatic breed in tobacco plants, and is largely known and liked by many among smokers. This type of tobacco lead is greatly famous for its golden tinged leaves, and the weaker and more sensitive leaves it produces. This small plant breed helped many states and farmers survive the dark times after the war by selling and growing this certain type of tobacco, for it was greatly popular with soldiers back then, and hard times always add new smokers to the bunch, don’t you agree?

3. Burley

Rumored to have originated from Ohio, in the United States, Burley has a much darker shade than other, typically green toned tobacco leaves. It is said to be colored brown (but not limited to it, for its color may differ from as light as white to as exotic as bright yellow) and is also cured in different ways from other tobaccos. This type of tobacco leaf is largely popular in Kentucky, and other states near it.

4. Dokha

A tobacco type which was originally planted and grown in the middle east, Iran, is said to be one hundred percent additive free and to be traditionally used for many various purposes.
It should be noted that dokha contains large sums of nicotine, and because of this significant difference in type from other tobaccos, it is also not cured the same way other tobacco types are cured. Dokha is also majorly used (and is also very popular) in Arabic countires. Dokha’s small, green tinted leaves are crushed into smaller parts and used for smoking pipe, and hand rolled cigars.

5. Corojo

Grown majorly in Cuba and Abajo, Corojo tobacco leaf is mainly used for cigarettes and is engineered uniquely to be resistant to natural disasters as much as possible, and to also have the quality of producing neat, decent wraps. Corojo tobacco leaves are dried and then cured to be ready for final products.

Note, that these are not all of the different tobacco leaf types out there, and full list can not possibly be fully explained here. This list was provided solely to offer some, if not already acquired, exterior knowledge and to improve the reader’s general understanding of different tobacco leaf types. But now that some basic understanding of the way tobaccos are used and grown exists, you must also note that some of these tobacco types are not smoked at all, but are instead chewed (in various ways) by their many users. This, of course, does not mean that no health risk remains and utilizing tobacco leaves become safe just by chewing them. Nicotine still remains in there, and the risk of mouth cancer, tongue cancer, gum recession, and other diseases remain un solved. And just like other types of smoking like hookah or pipes, this method (chewing) is also highly addictive, and it not advised at all, and by any means.