Winnie Langley, a 102-year-old smoker from Britain, died recently and only stopped smoking cigarettes when she couldn't see the end of a match. She started smoking at age eight to relieve stress brought on by the First World War.
"Auntie Winn" is said to have smoked over 170,000 cigarettes, and "loved a good party, outlived her husband, son and all of her 10 step-children," according to the Croydon Guardian. She died one month short of her 103rd birthday. One of Auntie Winn's relatives summed up her long life:
She loved Monopoly and cards and she always had ciggies on the back step. Auntie Winn got cancer when she was 88 but she bounced back. She had a pacemaker fitted when she was 98.
"She smoked until Christmas last year. She only gave up because she could not see the end of the match to light it. She was fiesty and stubborn and she also had a wonderful sense of humour. She was a voracious reader and loved crosswords and puzzles."
In the midst of the recession, Auntie Winn told the paper before she died, "The price keeps going up, so I've cut down to one a day. I am not that well. My eyesight is very bad and I have to get someone to buy them." Every smoker has a reason for doing it, but no one today can come close to Auntie Winn's: "She said cigarettes helped calm her nerves during the two world wars." Rest in peace, Auntie Winn. We hope there's a good party going on up there with an endless supply of smokes and card games. Bravo.
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