Dorothy Howe has smoked about 460,000 cigarettes — nearly half a million — in her lifetime. Despite her love for Superking Black ciggies and an occasional glass of whiskey, she recently celebrated her 100th birthday. Disbelievers, take note.
Howe took her first drag at 16 and goes through 15 cigarettes a day. While the health risks are obvious, she credits her hardiness to the two notorious consumables. Sipping on a glass of Bell’s scotch whisky, she told the Daily Mail:
I put my health down to whisky and cigarettes. I only drink when I’m out but my doctor said I wouldn’t be alive without them. I’m still alive and I can lift my elbows – it’s great. I’ve had a great life and God has treated me very well. I’ve been very lucky.
The retired secretary has since lost a fondness for today’s cigarette prices, but still stays true to her whiskey.
When I started smoking, I was about 16, and they cost 11d and a halfpenny for 20. I can’t believe how much they cost now. Whisky tastes just as good as it used to though. My pins aren’t as fast as they used to be, but my mind is still sharp.
Do note the chic drop of “pins.” This lady is an absolute dream! For her momentous birthday, Miss Howe’s friends took her to a local pub before returning home to read her letter from the queen. “She has the respect and friendship of a lot of people around here. She’s wonderful and a great character,” said her friend Lynn Sass. Honey, we aren’t surprised.
H/T + Picthx Daily Mail