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Rolling their own: making (and smoking) cigars at Cuban festival

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A man lits his self-made cigar during a cigar rolling seminar at the XIV Festival del Habano in Havana, Cuba on Wednesday.This year focuses on the Cohiba brand and its famous El Laguito factory and the Romeo y Julieta brand. International sales of luxury Havana Cigars rose 9 per cent in 2011 despite the world financial crisis and antismoking laws, according to Corporacion Habanos S.A.

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Delegates to the XIV Cigar Festival attend a master class on how to hand roll a cigar, on Wednesday in Havana.

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General view of a cigar rolling seminar during the XIV Festival del Habano in Cuba.

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A woman looks at the product of her efforts during a cigar rolling seminar during the XIV Festival del Habano in Havana.

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