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Cuban Tobacco Symposium closes in Old Havana
The history, development and high quality of the mechanized tobacco industry in Cuba was highlighted today by Norma del Castillo, specialist of the Tobacco Research Institute.

This researcher explained to Prensa Latina during the Second International Symposium Havana-Habanos 2007 that cigarette paper appeared in France in 1843 and 10 years later it appears in Havana, used at the factory "La Honradez".

By 1875 this technology is extended and contributes in different ways and styles to develop the industry, also with paper to be filled by the own smoker

Del Castillo saied that cigar rolling by machines started in the 19th century. By 1925, cigar machines were operating in spite of the protest of cigar rollers, concerned about the future of their workplaces.

The first Cuban industry in applying this technique was "Por Larrañaga" in 1935. More recently, mechanized tobacco was recovered in 2001 by the Internacional Cubana del Tabaco (ICT) company which plans to produce 150 million cigars per year.

The tobacco culture has also been captured by the lens of photographers like Miguel Puldon, whose work and that of graphic designer Ramon Iglesias is being exposed at the Hotel Ambos Mundos in the historic part of the city, where the Symposium is being held.

The event closing today is attended by 170 persons of eight countries and is held every two years

Source: Prensa Latina

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