Exports of Cuban Machined Cigars Growing

HAVANA TIMES, Dec 26 — The company Internacional Cubana de Tabaco S.A announced a six percent growth in exports of machined cigars for all of 2011, reported the Granma newspaper.

Despite new anti-smoking measures internationally, Cuban tobacco authorities expect to see a 12.6 percent growth in the export of machined cigars and a 13.6 increase in their value next year, along with potential earnings of $20 million.

Internationally, the company promotes highly demanded “premium” cigarretes or handmade cigars and produces more than 10 brands and 44 lines, all made with 100 percent Cuban tobacco and without chemical additives.