FL: Longest Cigar

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A Tampa cigar maker hopes to set a new Guinness World Record by rolling a stogie 180 feet long.

Longtime cigar maker Wally Reyes started Thursday and will finish the nearly block-long smoke during the city's Cigar Heritage Festival on Nov. 21.

Reyes says he and his wife, Margarita, are building the cigar in 18 sections - each 10 feet long.

An official from Guinness will be on hand at the festival to certify the record.

Reyes held the record before when he and his wife completed a 101-foot cigar, but a roller in Havana, Cuba, outdid them last year with a cigar that was 148 feet long.
Information from: The Tampa Tribune, http://www.tampatrib.com

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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