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New Guinness World Record for the Longest Cigar

Cigar roller Jose Castelar Cairo (Cueto) managed to make the world’s longest cigar, a 262-footer that was officially certified by the Guinness Book of World Records in a ceremony also attended by officers, diplomats and guests attending the FITCuba 2011 tradeshow.

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As part of the International Tourism Fair in Havana, Mr. Cueto started out his painstaking weeklong deed in the halls of the Morro-Cabaña Historic Park.

Cueto, who works in the La Triada cigar store run by the Caracol retail company at the Morro-Cabaña Park, had already won four other world records certified by Guinness.

The cigar-rolling champion holds the world marks for a fist stogie that measured 36 feet long in 2001. Then he came up with a 50-foot-long cigar in 2003, a 65-footer in 2005, and more recently a 147-footer in 2008, all certified by the Guinness Book of World Records.

His previous trophies are showcased at La Triada, so the store has turned out to be a highly luring spot among tourists coming from all around the globe, especially cigar lovers and smokers.

With over 50 years of experiences under his belt as a cigar roller, Cueto says the world record for the longest cigar should always belong to Cuba, the home to habanos, the finest premium cigars on the face of the earth.