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Cuban cigar maker goes for another Guinness Record

The cigar roller needed 300 hours of work collecting tobacco leaves at the most famous tobacco plantation in the world

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A Cuban cigar roller has set out to beat his own record for the world's longest cigar, seeking to build a stogie longer than the 264 feet (81 metres) he made in 2011.

Sixty-seven-year-old Jose Castelar began building his latest attempt at a record on August 1 and hopes to finish by August 12.

Castelar, also known as "Cueto," has held the Guinness World Record for longest hand rolled cigar since 2001, beating rivals from Puerto Rico and the US.

The huge hand-made cigars by Cueto meet the standards of a figurative cigar and are being 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.