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Festival del Habano

Posted February 11, 2005 by publisher in Cuba Culture.
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Habanos SA cigar Executives

Eduardo Gonzalez, Cuban international marketing manager of Habanos S.A., enjoys a Cohiba Robusto cigar after a press conference in Havana, February 10, 2005. Cuba will be hosting the 6th International Havana Cigar Festival from February 21 to 25. Cigar aficionados attending the annual event need not to panic, they will not be subject to the island’s new ban on smoking in public places. The Cuban cigar company Habanos S.A. got special authorization to ignore the ban so its 950 guests, mostly retailers and well-heeled cigar lovers, can light up their Partagas, Cohibas and Montecristos during the festival. REUTERS/Claudia Daut

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Arnaldo Ovalles, vice director of production of Cuban cigar factory Romeo and Julieta, enjoys a Lancero Cohiba at the international tobacco fair during the Festival del Habano, in Havana, in this February 25, 2004 file photo. Cigar aficionados attending Cuba’s annual Habanos festival need not panic: they will not be subject to a new ban on smoking in public places, organizers say. REUTERS/Claudia Daut

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Manuel Garcia (L), Cuban commercial vice president of Habanos S.A., and Miguel Campoy, Spanish marketing deputy of Habanos S.A., enjoy their Partagas Series D No.4 cigars after a joint press conference in Havana, February 10, 2005. Cuba will be hosting the 6th International Havana Cigar Festival from February 21 to 25. Cigar aficionados attending the annual event need not to panic, they will not be subject to the island’s new ban on smoking in public places. The Cuban cigar company Habanos S.A. got special authorization to ignore the ban so its 950 guests, mostly retailers and well-heeled cigar lovers, can light up their Partagas, Cohibas and Montecristos during the festival. REUTERS/Claudia Daut

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Mercedes Martinez, left, 72, and Josefa Gamet, 62, make money posing for photos for foreign tourists in Old Havana, Cuba, Monday. (AP/Jose Goitia)

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