Cigar Smoking World Championship

We are proud to announce that Rocky Patel Premium Cigars is the new official manufacturer of the Cigar Smoking World Championship (CSWC) cigar. Rocky Patel, in partnership with CSWC, has created a new premium cigar for this year’s Cigar Smoking World Championship. We invite you to join us as we partner with CSWC on this journey to discover who will be the Top Cigar Smoker of 2022.


CSWC was founded 10 years ago by Marko Bilic, president of the International Cigar Club Mareva and winner of the prestigious global Cigar Trophy award for the best cigar ambassador in the world. The Cigar Smoking World Championship is an international competition in the “slow smoking” of cigars, but at the same time, it is much more than just a competition – it is the perfect tool to inspire participation in every cigar enthusiast. Through this medium of friendly competition – international friends are reunited and new friends are made, all of whom share the same passion of a shared cigar lifestyle. On top of all that, CSWC is great fun and a great experience!

The CSWC is a global name in the cigar world, with qualification events held in more than 30 countries with the Grand Finale held every September in Split, Croatia. With competitors from over 35 countries represented, the Grand Finale is truly a global event that brings together cigar clubs and enthusiasts from across the world.


The Cigar Smoking World Championship is an international competition in the “slow smoking” of cigars. Competitors compete in how slow they can smoke their cigar with time penalties given for such things as breaking your ash or burning the competition ring (cigar band). The smoker who takes the longest to finish their cigar is the winner.


There are over 40 qualification events around the world. The winners of these events will then move on to the World Championship Grand Finale in Split, Croatia! 

To enter the competition, please get in touch with the qualification event closest to you

Can’t wait to see you there.

Regional Qualification Events

July 15, 2022
Apex Cigar Lounge
1510 N Salem St
Apex, North Carolina 27502
(919) 355-2333
RP Rep: Franklin Kleckner
July 21, 2022
BURN by Rocky Patel Atlanta
900 Battery Ave SE #1000
Atlanta, Georgia 30339
(770) 485-6990
RP Rep: Medora Hoopes
July 21, 2022
Pairings Cigar Bar
12 W State St
Media, Pennsylvania 19063
(610) 716-5446
RP Rep: Alex Kraft
July 21, 2022
Low Country Pipe & Cigar
2 Hwy 90 E
Little River, SC 29566
(800) 514-7473
RP Rep: Franklin Kleckner
July 21, 2022
Cigar Cave Lounge
37748 US Hwy 19 N
Palm Harbor, Florida 34684
(727) 938-2283
RP Rep: Mike Wasp
July 24, 2022
Metro Cigars
N102W19455 Willow Creek Way
Germantown, Wisconsin 53022
(262) 255-1996
RP Rep: Jeff Pawelski
July 26, 2022
Buffalo Cigars
2911 Southwestern Blvd
Orchard Park, New York 14127
(716) 674-7833
RP Rep: Mike LaRiviere
July 27, 2022
Cigars LTD
5160 N Palm Ave
Fresno, California 93704
(559) 221-0161
RP Rep: Rob Birsinger
July 27, 2022
FatAsh Cigar Lounge
8110 US Rt 60
Ashland, Kentucky 41102
(606) 254-0484
RP Rep: Robb Wilson
July 27, 2022
BURN by Rocky Patel Naples
9110 Strada Pl #6160
Naples, Florida 34108
(239) 653-9013
RP Rep: David Thompson
July 28, 2022
Safari Cigars
13110 Birch Dr #108
Omaha, Nebraska 68164
(402) 965-1460
RP Rep: Will Jackson
July 28, 2022
Burners Cigar Co.
16620 Cranlyn Rd #130
Huntersville, North Carolina 28078
(704) 907-9974
RP Rep: Franklin Kleckner
July 28, 2022
BURN by Rocky Patel Pittsburgh
346 N Shore Dr
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15212
412) 586-5854
RP Rep: Tracy Dressel
July 29, 2022
Cigar! Cigar!
500 N Congress Ave #B
Evansville, Indiana 47715
(812) 401-1202
RP Rep: Robb Wilson
July 29, 2022
Havana Cigar Bar
4225 W Fortune Dr #110
Anthem, Arizona 85086
(623) 551-6431
RP Rep: Morgan Sanchez
July 29, 2022
Two Guys Smoke Shop
304 S Broadway
Salem, New Hampshire 03079
(603) 898-2221
RP Rep: Mike LaRiviere
July 30, 2022
Carmack’s Cigar Shop
822 Logans St
Noblesville, Indiana, 46060
(317) 773-3770
RP Rep: Robb Wilson
August 4, 2022
Ambassador Cigar
3614 Rochester Rd
Troy, Michigan 48083
(248) 250-9716
RP Rep: Robb Wilson
August 4, 2022
Stogies World Class Cigars
6100 Westheimer Rd #102
Houston, Texas 77057
(713) 783-5100
RP Rep: Jara Murphy
August 4, 2022
Tinder Box
2754 Crain Hwy
Waldorf, Maryland 20601
(301) 374-9100
RP Rep: Tracy Dressel
August 6, 2022
La Biblioteca
128 W Santa Fe Ave #B
Placentia, California 92870
(657) 258-0755
RP Rep: Ron Wagner
August 13, 2022
BURN by Rocky Patel Indianapolis
110 S Meridian St
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
(317) 602-2260
RP Rep: Robb Wilson


1st Place:

  • Rocky Patel CSWC Limited Edition Luxury Humidor with Cigars and Custom Cuervo y Sobrinos Luxury Writing Instrument.
  • Les Fines Lames Gold Series Cigar Cutter at a value of $1,000.
  • S.T. Dupont Haute Creation Lighter, valued at $10,000.
  • All Exclusive one-day cruise on a 180-foot Yacht for the winner plus 11 of their friends, including all drinks, food, cigars, and water toys, valued at $40,000.
  • Cuervo y Sobrinos Luxury Swiss Watch, valued at $10,000.
  • Radisson Blu Split Weekend Package for two people, valued at $1,000.
  • Boveda Humidor, valued at $250.
  • Cigar Journal interview with the new World Champion featured in the print magazine, invaluable.

Prizes: Nationals in Indianapolis

  • 1st Place: Rocky Patel CSWC Humidor, airfare, hotel, and admissions fees to all CSWC events in Split, Croatia. A Les Fines Lames Luxury Cigar Cutter, an S.T. Dupont Lighter – valued at $295.00, Boveda Humidor.
  • 2nd Place: Les Fines Lames Punch Bracelet.
  • 3rd Place: Les Fines Lames Black Cap.

Prizes: Regionals at local retail locations

  • 1st Place: RP Burn Humidor, Les Fines Lames CSWC Winner Edition Cigar Cutter, S.T. Dupont Cigar Case and Boveda 69% RH 2-Way Humidity Control, 12 Count Retail Carton.
  • 2nd Place: The Envoy Lighter and Les Fines Lames Punch Bracelet.
  • 3rd Place: RP Diamond Series Cutter.


  • Rules 1.
    • All participants receive the same cigar that they picked themselves from the box.
    • In the case of a defective cigar, a competitor can exchange the cigar for another one.
    • The competition ring is fixed (glued) on the same length on each cigar.
  • Rules 2.
    • Each participant will be given a cigar cutter and a box with two matches (long ones).
    • The competition table may contain only the items provided by the organizer; any
    • additional equipment for the duration of the competition is not allowed.
    • Participants have 1 (one) minute to prepare the cigar (cutting).
    • The cigar is lighted with one or two matches, according to the choice of the participant.
    • It is not allowed to light cigars until the judge says it is allowed; competition officially starts when the judge gives the sign to light cigars.
    • Burning time is a maximum of 1 (one) minute, which is included in the time of the competition.
    • Additional preparation of the cigar is not allowed.
  • Rules 3.
    • Additional lighting of the cigar is not allowed.
    • During the competition, it is not allowed to blow in the cigar from the outside, blow through the cigar, or make it wet.
    • For the first 5 minutes of the competition, it is not allowed to talk or consume drinks.
    • It is not allowed to put down the cigar; the cigar must be kept in the hand during the whole competition.
    • It is not allowed to cover or hide the cigar; the cigar must be visible at all times.
    • It is not allowed to touch a burning line of the cigar.
    • It is not allowed to use the aid of any wristwatches, smartwatches, mobile phones, or personal items in any way
    • Judges, at their sole discretion, may issue warnings, and disqualifications and determine whether or not the competitor’s actions are in the spirit of fair play.
  • Rules 4.
    • The cigar is smoked up to the competition ring.
    • In case the competition ring is burned, the participant earns 15 penalty minutes.
  • Rules 5.
    • Keeping the cigar ash gives an advantage to the participant.
    • First falling or shaking off the cigar ashes brings penalty minutes.
  • Rules 6.
    • Cigar smoking ends at the moment when the participant lifts his/hers number and at that moment his/hers smoking time is written down. This happens in two possible cases:
      • If the smoking has ended with an unwanted extinguish of the cigar
      • If cigar smoking has reached its allowed limit to the ring