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Wednesday, 30 November 2011

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cignews11.30 Today’s edition of cigar news focuses on three completely different stories within the industry.  We’ll begin with news on a record-setting cigar roller in Cuba and then move on to a free cigar event this weekend in San Diego.  Wrapping things up will be details on the growing support for H.R. 1639.

Cuban Cigar Roller Racks Up Yet another Guinness World Record


Jose Cautelar Cairo, or Cueto for short, is no stranger to being a part of Guinness World Record mania.  After all, prior to this year, he had already racked up four world records for rolling the longest cigar.  Just recently, Cueto’s name was etched into the record books once again for his rolling efforts last May during the 31st International Tourism Fair in Havana that resulted in a cigar measuring a whopping 81.8 meters.

Dianna Melrose, the United Kingdom’s and Northern Ireland’s ambassador to Cuba, made Cueto’s record official last week by presenting him with a certificate honoring him for his fifth Guinness World Record.  According to Radio Cadena Agramonte, the presentation of the certificate was accompanied by encouraging words from Melrose, who urged Cueto to continue his rolling magic to give Cuba extra notoriety, even though the country certainly does not need anymore help in solidifying itself as a cigar power.  Melrose noted that Cueto’s work could increase Cuba’s appeal to tourists as well as increase Cuba cigar sales on a global scale.

Cueto was not the only one honored during the ceremony, as Hamlet Jaime Paredes, a cigar roller from the Romeo and Julieta Cigar Factory who helped Cueto achieve his record, plus others, were also acknowledged.  The historic day was topped off with the introduction of the “El Guinness Cueto” room in the Morro-Cabana Museum.  The room was created in Cueto’s honor and contains pictures plus life-sized replicas representing different phases of his record-setting work.

A quick look at Cueto’s record making history shows that his rolling skills have made quite a jump over the years.  His first world record cigar, rolled in 2001, measured a mere 11.4 meters.  His next record came in 2003 thanks to a 14.86 meter cigar.  Number three in 2005 measured 20.41 meters, and number four in 2008 measured 45.38 meters.  While each of the cigars was certainly impressive enough to earn a world record, none compare to his latest 81.8 meter monster.

Melrose’s comments regarding tourism certainly have some merit, as the country she represents, the United Kingdom, reportedly brought 200,000 visitors to Cuba so far this year.  There’s little doubt that a good deal of those visitors enjoyed a quality Cuban cigar or two during their visit as well.

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