Britain's Oldest Smoker Dies

LONDON, Aug. 13 (UPI) — Britain’s “oldest smoker” has died at age 102 after almost 95 years of lighting up daily, her family said.

Winnie Langley of London only recently gave up the habit when her failing eyesight made it impossible to see the end of a match, Britain’s Daily Telegraph reported Friday.


Langley, who made headlines on her 100th birthday when she was photographed lighting a cigarette with a candle, said, “I have smoked ever since infant school and I have never thought about quitting.

“There were not all the health warnings like there are today when I started. It was the done thing.”

Last year she cut her habit from five cigarettes a day to just one.

“The price keeps going up, so I’ve cut down to one a day. I am not that well,” she said. “My eyesight is very bad and I have to get someone to buy them.”

Members of her surviving family paid tribute to the pensioner.

“She always enjoyed a smoke and a drink,” grandniece Anne Gibbs said.

“She was feisty and stubborn and she also had a wonderful sense of humor,” Gibbs said. “She was incredible right until the end.”

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