Skip to comments.Pensioner who has smoked 292,000 cigarettes celebrates his 100th birthday
Posted on 09/25/2010 1:50:50 PM PDT by smokingfrog
A pensioner who has smoked almost 300,000 cigarettes during his lifetime has celebrated his 100th birthday.
Arthur Langran, who survived being blown up by a grenade during the Second World War, claims the secret behind his longevity is always doing what everyone tells him not to.
The father-of-two started smoking when he was 20 and has smoked at least ten cigarettes every day since then - the equivalent of 292,000.
The centenarian, from Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, also drinks a glass of single malt whisky every night before he goes to bed, another factor he credits for his long life.
That one glass though, added up, equates to 900 bottles of the spirit but Arthur claims he has no plans to change his ways.
'I always say the secret is doing things you're not told to do,' he said.
'I have been smoking since I was 20 and I still enjoy it - and a pipe.'
He celebrated his birthday with a drink at his local pub on September 8th.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
10 is half a pack a day.
I know people that smoke a pack a day...
Bravo! And may he live another hundred years in roaring good health!
It’s great to hear of someone hurling defiance into the teeth of all the namby-pamby that’s-bad-for-you nannies whom he has probably already outlived anyway.
Many happy returns!
My drill sergeant smokes probably a pack a day and can outrun anyone.
But only 290,000 died from his second hand smoke.
You found the anomaly, hence it’s news...
Walk the halls of any cancer treatment center and you’ll find the majority of patients are there because of...smoking.
1-1/2 packs a day for about 38 yrs. Enjoyed it immensely, but my genes weren’t made to handle it. I think some people can.
Quit at age 50...yes, I started at age 12, thanks to a friend who thought it was cooool. Needless to say, after spending a week in the hospital testing because of my chest pains, I didn’t even crave a cigarette all the time there and after I got out.
One of the rewards for not smoking is no more smell. Yuk!
I often wondered why I was never asked...smoking or non-smoking?
If you meant that sarcastically, then that’s funny.
I didn’t think it need any.
I still think whatever happens, it’s all in the person’s makeup
whether they can smoke, eat fat, whatever. Some people’s bodies are going to get cancer no matter what they do right.
That is such liberal BS I can't believe any FReeper would forward such a notion.
It is a burning leaf and paper. There is far worse reaching your lungs in much higher numbers, starting with the second hand smoke from the tailpipe of YOUR car.
I hope FR can remain a place free of mindless hysterics.
Oh get a grip! Liber BS your azz.
You have it exactly correct. Loved the part about you now noticing how much cigs stink. That's what I noticed when I quit. I too knew my genes were not up to the task of defending against my habbit.
"Alpha-1 antitrypsin is a major protein in the blood that it is produced mainly in liver cells. When you don't have enough alpha-1 antitrypsin, you might have Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, sometimes called Alpha-1. Alpha-1 can affect two major organs in the body - the lungs and the liver. The reason is because the defective protein that characterizes Alpha-1 is important to both of these vital organs. When Alpha-1 affects the lungs, it can cause COPD and is called Alpha-1 Deficiency or inherited emphysema."
"My Doctor is dead, has been for about 30 years now."
If the average smoker could confine himself to half-a-pack per day, most would probably suffer no ill effects.
This former drill sergeant, who smoked since age 7, ran and completed recently London marathon at age 101, smoking few while running:
It will surprise many (in these days of intense antismoking brainwashing), but this is not some kind of fluke. Over the last five decades many animal experiments were done all showing that lifelong smoking animals, from hamsters and mice to dogs and monkeys, live longer and in better health than non-smoking animals. This despite the often heavy and unnatural smoking conditions such as 5+ packs a day concentrated into 6 hour daily smoke exposures, with concentration at the very edge of asphyxiation - yet smoking animals still end up living by ~20% longer, while remaining thinner and sharper throughout.
Intense research, mostly funded by the same pharmaceutical industry which funds (having created them) most of antismoking groups, laws and propaganda, has uncovered numerous concrete biochemical mechanisms by which tobacco smoke accomplishes these life and youth extending effects. Like the above animal experiments, you will never hear about any of this in the mainstream media, although it is all available in the scientific papers published over last few decades.
If you wish to follow the white rabbit a bit deeper and get glimpse at the upcoming smoking heresy, there is much more info with numerous scientific references in a recent thread in imminst.org forum (life-extension, nootropics, health) titled, of of all things:
which I started. As expected, the pandemonium broke lose when all these medically & scientifically well educated health fanatics jumped in to refute the claims (many members are grad students & researchers in biological & medical fields).
Yet, each paper they brought up in support of their antismoking position either backfired (showing upon closer inspection that the findings were exactly the opposite than what they appeared to be from the paper abstracts) or it didn't show anything at all (the usual antismoking junk science). Watch them squirm as all the _hard_ science (experiments, lab analysis) kept going the "wrong" way.
Here are some highlights of the "debate" (no contest actually, it wasn't even close; I post as "nightlight"):
1. Dogs exposed to radon or radon+smoke: 5% of smoking dogs and 37% of non-smoking dogs got lung cancers. link
2. Massive National Cancer Institute sponsored experiments that backfired terribly, setting back the NCI's workplace smoking bans agenda for more than a decade. link
3. The crowning experiments (2004, 2005) of six decades of antismoking "science", the pinnacle -- again backfired badly, as they always do -- at the end, more than twice as many smoking animals alive than non-smoking ones. link
4. Self-medication with tobacco link
5. Common genes for lung cancer & smoking link
(R.A. Fisher suspected this to be the case in 1950s, he also suggested self-medication possibility, see page 163, where he compares taking cigarettes away from some poor chap to taking the walking stick from a blind man.) pdf
6. Hazards of quitting (triggers lung cancers in animal experiments) link
7. Emphysema/COPD - smoking protective rather than cause link
8. How does antismoking "science" lie with stats (how to "prove" that -- Prozac causes depression -- using the master method of antismoking "science") link
9. Heart attacks from SHS myths (a 'friend saying Boo' is more "hazardous" for your heart than SHS) link
10. Glycotoxins/AGE in tobacco smoke -- backfires badly link
11. Smoking protects against cancers (reversal of values in cancer state and another common sleight of hand), Smoking vs Caloric Restrictions (and on fundamental wrong-headedness of CR) link
12. More on anti-carcinogenicity of tobacco smoke and how to translate Orwellian antismoking "science" to real science link
13. ** why take a chance
14. Smoking and diabetes, insulin sensitivity -- another "proof" backfires link
15. How to "prove" that 'Lifting weights is harmful for muscles' - pinhole vision sleight of hand of antismoking "science" illustrated link
16. Oxidative stress, breast cancer, "randomizing non-randomized variables" sleight of hand -- more antismoking junk science claims turned upside-down by facts of hard science link
17. Can one replicate the health benefits of tobacco smoke (the short list given) using supplements and pharmaceuticals? Even if it were possible, can one do it for < $1 day (cost for a pack of roll-your-own cigarettes with natural, additive free tobacco)? "link
18. Who knows more about biochemistry of life and its molecular engineering -- one little cell in your little toe or all the biochemists and molecular biologists in the world taken together? Is "Sickness Industry" good for your health? link
Arthur Langran...claims the secret behind his longevity is always doing
what everyone tells him not to.
Memo to the medical scientists that are going to examine the genetics/metabolism
of an aging British rocker in hopes of finding the “Ozzie Osburne” gene(s)...
you guys need to also go looking for the Arthur Langran gene.
Might give some good clues about preventing/treating lung cancer!!!
The centenarian...also drinks a glass of single malt whisky every night
before he goes to bed, another factor he credits for his long life.
Really, the press let us down...by not telling which single malt whiskey
the gent consumes.
I also can’t help but wonder if those grenade fragments contributed
to his longevity...adjusted his mindset to never sweat the small stuff
and enjoy some pleasures (no matter how criticized).
I always expect to hear one of these “anti-everything” people to say “imagine how long he would live if he didn’t smoke, maybe he would live to 150.”
That is an emotional, not a factual, intelligent or thoughtful reply. It is a reply deflecting attention from the point raised.
(you better see the humor in this post as I refuse to apply the sarc tag).
We celebrate these people because they were the lifestyle survival exceptions.
“How long he would have lived”
He’s still living, according to the article.
You’re just going to have to wait fifty years to see if he makes it to 150!
I guess you meant “how long he’s going to live”.
Anyway, for me, and just me alone, smoking is an unhealthy habit I quit fully thirty years ago (I’m 61). I don’t begrudge those who smoke their habit. The smell of tobacco smoke doesn’t bother me. Secondhand smoke my foot!
BTW, as a law enforcement issue the smell of marijuana smoke bothers me big time so fire away you THC libertarians.
My father smoked Camel non-filters for 80 years, Half a pack a day. Dr. was surprised when he saw an open pack in his shirt pocket. His chest x-rays were perfectly clean and healthy. He died at 92 from a bad fall.
Hey, checked your page and give you big kudos for "going in" at age 34....I did it at age 19 in 1966 and thought I was too friggin old even then! Good on ya.....funny what the decades bring in the way of change - there was NO phocking way that (even if it had been invented) any of us USMC boot maggots would have gotten internet access, let alone be given the time, to jump onto FR!
"Back in the day", it was the non-smokers who took the flack....when the drill intructors would call a 'smoker's formation' (where we'd puff while standing at Attention), they'd assign one nicotine free kid as "Ashtray", who would walk around the formation with an inverted metal shitcan lid for us to flick into.....for the rest of our herd, the DI's barked out, "Non smokers, run into the head and brush your fangs"............I think that more than a few Boots took up smoking just to avoid bruising their gums.
(And, yes, our DI's were all skinny, smoking "mountain goats" and could run rings around us kids.....)
Reminds me of a joke I read yesterday on the OFST...about a cowboy who's grandfather gave him the key to longevity: "Sprinkle a bit of gunpowder on your eggs each morning", to which he adopted.
When he died at age 98, the cowboy left 4 kids, 9 grandkids, 12 great grandkids, and a 14 square foot hole in the crematorium's wall"...
this seems to be an English thing -
there was a married couple a few weeks ago, in England, who were both older than this - and they mention the whiskey every night -
I had a friend here, an English lady, who passed at 103 - not from illness, per se. She was in in really remarkable health. But she fell, hurt her leg and was in a nursing home - where they immediately put her on 5 prescription drugs (she had not been on ANY) They were contraindicated, made her confused, combative and incontinent - terrible for a proper little English lady. She decided she'd been around long enough and refused all meds, food and drink - and was gone quite swiftly.
Before the nursing home, she had had a physical: heart, lungs, etc - all good. Her mind was sharper than the proverbial tack along with her sense of humor. I do believe she could have made it to 107 easy.
She loved her whiskey - EVERY night - and her Old Fashions when we went out to dinner.
I do wish I could stand whisky!
Actually I had fewer colds when I smoked but did have some coughing with certain brands.
Started with Lucky Strike and ended with those long thin cigs with dark paper.
Can’t remember the name.
I’m on a weekend pass. OCS begins Monday. Thanks for your recollections!
Reference bump - least I’ll die happy! ;-)