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Wayne Greenwald to Represent the U.S. at the 2017 Slow Smoking Championship

The national and regional qualification tournaments prior to the 2017 Cigar Smoking World Championship (CSWC) are finally completed. Now is the time to prepare for the actual World Championship in Slow Smoking on September 1, 2017 in Split, Croatia.

Cigar Journal will provide a brief review of the qualification season. Today, we look back on the four events held in the U.S.A.
The first competition took place at Cigars by Chivas in Pasadena, California. Mr Edgar Paez won this competition after 1.5 hours (01:34:22).

Mr Chase Lyle achieved the best time at his own cigar bar Primings Cigar Lounge & Bar in Nashville (02:45:37).

Mrs Patricia Benden from Germany (02:33:27) won the title at Biggs Mansion in Chicago.

At New York City’s Club Macanudo, Mr Igor Kovacic from Sweden, who participated as a guest-smoker, set a new world record at close to 3 hours (02:55:27). Mr Bill Hroncich took the title as U.S. champion (01:37:03). Wayne Greenwald finished only 30 seconds off and will represent the U.S. in Split, since Bill Hroncich will not be able to attend the Grand Finale.

Cigar Smoking World Championship 2017 Winner USA

Photo: Club Mareva

Reinhold C. Widmayer

His journalistic career began in 1979 as a freelancer for German-language newspapers in the US, and later for Austrian media including Die Wochenpresse and Das Wirtschaftsblatt. For ten years he also produced programs for over 60 radio stations around the world. In 1994, Reinhold C. Widmayer devoted himself to all things cigar, publishing technical articles in cigar magazines. He began working for Cigar Journal in 2001 and became editor-in-chief in 2005; under his auspices the journal has established itself as the world’s leading cigar magazine.


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