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The careful process of harvesting tobacco leaves is done with a combination of heat and shade that reduces the sugar and water level content in the leaves, without causing the large leaves to rot. This first part of the harvesting process is called curing and takes between 25 and 45 days. Curing varies dramatically depending on the various climates where tobacco leaves are grown. Some manufacturers can manipulate the curing process depending on the type of tobacco used, and the desired color of the leaf.