This 112-year-old woman's secret to long life is chain smoking

Published: February 12, 2016
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112 year old woman has been smoking for 95 years
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112 year old woman has been smoking for 95 years PHOTO: CATERSNEWS

Smoking kills? A 112-year-old Nepalese woman has proven otherwise.

In a rather unusual admission, Batuli Lamichhane has claimed that the secret behind her long life is smoking 30 cigarettes a day.

“People of this modern age have too much stress. And those who do not work or are idle in their old age won’t live long. So you have to be active and stress-free,” Lamichhane told Metro News.

Born in 1903, Lamichhane who started smoking at the age of 17 and has continued smoking cigarettes for over 95 years said, “There is nothing wrong with smoking.”

However, she advises that “commercially-made” cigarettes should be avoided, the 112-year-old instead recommends locally-made cigarettes called beedis made from wrapped tendu leaf.

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“You should always be happy, then you will live a long life,” she said. Lamichhane still takes care of her own chores.

“I don’t really care how old I am. But I am old nonetheless. I have seen a lot of things change during my lifetime,” she added.

Lamichhane has outlived all her four children except for one, her eldest son who is now 85 years old. She claims her husband left for India about 80 years ago to find a job and she hasn’t heard from him since.

She currently lives with relatives and off donations from a nearby Hindu temple, since the roof of her home caved in during the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal.

Here she is, smoking like a boss:

Reader Comments (2)

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Feb 12, 2016 - 4:40PM

    The secret of these people is that they live in clean un polluted hilly regions and eat fresh produce regulary. Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Feb 12, 2016 - 8:29PM

    I wager the secret to an even longer life for her was if she never smoked. She’s lucky she has been blessed with ‘good’ genes to be still alive at 112. But really in a country like Nepal I doubt if they even maintained official and accurate records at the time of her supposed birth.Recommend

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