102-Year-Old Woman: Fine, I'll Quit Smoking

British great-great-grandma finally gives up the habit

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 18, 2013 3:41 PM CST | Updated Feb 23, 2013 8:08 AM CST

(Newser) – Who says life stops at 102? On her 102nd birthday, Clara Cowell has given in to her family and agreed to stop smoking, the Daily Mail reports. The British mother of four, grandmother to nine, great-grandmother to 12, and great-great-grandmother to four conceded that after puffing on some 60,000 cigarettes, falling ash has become a risk to her health. But could this plan backfire? "The secret to mum's long life is a cigarette and a cup of tea with whisky," says one of her daughters. "That and hard work and poverty. She's an inspiration."

An aging smoker, with pearls.
An aging smoker, with pearls.   (Shutterstock)
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