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In Cuba, the Longest Cigar of the World

HAVANA, Cuba, May 13, (acn).- Cuban cigar roller Jose Castelar Cairo, known as Cueto, on Friday finished rolling a 45.38 meter long cigar, which will be validated to become the new longest hand-rolled cigar in the Guinness World Record, his fourth mark in the famous book.

With this cigar, Cueto doubled the longest cigar made by himself during the Habano Festival in 2005 (20.41m), and which gave him his third Guinness record. Cueto had originally conceived the idea of a 33 meter cigar, but changed his mind on Thursday after he heard that in Puerto Rico someone had made a 41.2 meter long stogie.

The huge cigar hand-made by Cueto meets the standards of a figurative cigar and was made with first class raw materials from the "vegas" of San Luis and San Juan y Martinez in Pinar del Rio province, believed to be the best land for tobacco growing in the world.

Little after midday on Friday, May 9, the second head of the British Embassy in Havana, Mr. Chris Stimpson, and a friend of Cueto's Rene Valdes, measured the cigar and corroborated its length at 148.9 feet (45.38 meters).

The current world record of a 30.78 meters cigar was set by US roller Wallace Reyes, during the 11th Edition of the "Cigar Heritage Festival" in Tampa, (USA), on November 18, 2006.

Formerly, the Cuban expert roller established three marks in the famous record book for the longest hand-rolled cigar; the first in February 2000 with a 11.04 meters cigar, again in November 2003 with one of 14.86 meters long, and a third mark during the 2005 Habano Festival with a 20.41m cigar.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Source: Periodico 26

In Cuba, the Longest Cigar of the World