The no-smoking campaign took several steps backward with the report that a Nepalese woman who has been smoking 30 cigarettes a day even attributes her long life to chain-smoking. What’s ironic is that Batuli Lamichhane has proof of her claim because she is 112 years old and has been smoking daily the past 95 years.
But besides smoking, which medical experts would disagree with, Lamichhane explains her longevity to a stress-free life. She points out, “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,” quotes Metro.
Other than her vice, the very old Nepalese, who turns 113 in March, makes medical sense in her other advice. Doctors would agree with her that stress and lack of physical activity are bad for the body. Her having a habit appears to have a minimal, if zero effect, on her well-being.
Perhaps people who could not give up smoking could take a tip from an old woman on how to hold a cigarette. Rather than place the cigarette between her index and middle finger, Lamichhane uses her entire right fist and then brings the fist to her mouth to inhale, reports the New York Post.
She began smoking in 1920 at the age of 17. She insists, “I have been smoking for over 95 years. There is nothing wrong with smoking.” However, she does not smoke Philip Morris or Marlboro, rather she makes her own nicotine fix by using beedis, which is tobacco wrapped in tendu leaf.
The great grand mum has outlived most of the people she grew up with in her village, including some of those she gave birth to. Four of her children have died and only one, a son aged 85, is still alive. Her husband left Lamichhane 80 years ago to look for a job in India.
Despite the roof of her house destroyed by the recent Nepal earthquake, Lamichhane refuses to live with a relative. She instead provides for her daily needs from donations given by a local Hindu temple. Finally, the wise old woman has an advice that many people – whether young or old, smoker or non-smoker – should heed. That is: “Be happy, then you will live a long life.”