Cigar contestants fight for longest unbroken ash

Former Rep. Tony Goolsby, R-Richardson (Texas House)
Former Rep. Tony Goolsby, R-Richardson (Texas House)

HAVANA (NBC/APTN) — Hundreds of cigar aficionados took part in an unusual contest at Cuba’s Cigar Festival.

Contestants puffed away on Cuban cigars and competed Thursday to see who could keep the longest unbroken ash.

The smokers were seen handling their cigars cautiously to keep the gray ash intact as long as possible.

Many, however, lost their ashes before smoking even halfway through. But others managed to keep going until their cigars were little more than tiny stubs.

The winner is to be announced later Friday.

But it will be hard to top a 67-year-old woman, who smoked her cigar down to a stub that checked in at 0.35 inches after the ash fell. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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