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230-foot cigar rolled in Cuba

May 4, 2011 at 3:40 PM

HAVANA, May 4 (UPI) -- A Cuban cigar roller said he is submitting his 230-foot cigar to Guinness World Records for recognition as the world's longest cigar.

Jose Castelar Cairo, 67, who uses the name Cueto for his cigar rolling, said he began rolling the massive Habano -- a cigar containing 100 percent Cuban tobacco -- April 25 using tobacco from his own farm in San Juan y Martinez and completed the project Tuesday, the Cuban News Agency reported Wednesday.

Cueto set previous records with a 36-foot cigar in 2001, a 48.8-foot cigar in 2003, a 70-foot cigar in 2005 and a 149-foot cigar in 2008.

The roller said he believes the "Guinness (record) of the largest Habano in the planet should always belong to Cuba."

The giant cigar is currently housed at the Morro-Cabana fortresses in Havana for display at the upcoming International Tourism Fair FITCuba 2011.

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