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New Addington's most famous smoker to celebrate her 102nd birthday
Croydon Today ^ | August 15, 2009

Posted on 08/21/2009 5:06:00 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084

New Addington's most dedicated smoker is celebrating her 102nd birthday with a big bash.

Beatrice Langley has been enjoying cigarettes since the age of eight, and when she reached the big 100 she vowed not to quit.

She has enjoyed over 168,000 fags in her lifetime but has yet to feel any ill effects from her habit.

To celebrate the pensioner's birthday on August 27, her nursing home in Frylands Court, Hutchingsons Road, has organised a garden party to take place on Sunday.

But Ms Langley said turning another year older wasn't something she was looking forward to.

She added: "All I want to do is wind back time, but I know the lunch will be nice."

Manager Ken Easton paid tribute to the care home's oldest resident.

He said: "Beatrice is a real character and she is still as feisty as she was when I first started here seven years ago.

"You can sit down and have a chat with her and she's still really on the ball. She is marvellous."

The garden party, which runs from 2pm to 4pm, will include a raffle and food, as well as a visit from New Addington councillor Brenda Kirby.


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1 posted on 08/21/2009 5:06:00 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084
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Like I said, on vacation next week, getting it all out of my system. :-)

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2 posted on 08/21/2009 5:07:28 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shouldn't be a federal agency...it should be a convenience store.)
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To: Eric Blair 2084

Good for her. Are you using anecdotal evidence as indicating smokers live a long life?


3 posted on 08/21/2009 5:08:32 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Eric Blair 2084
She has enjoyed over 168,000 fags in her lifetime

I won't say it.

4 posted on 08/21/2009 5:09:08 PM PDT by iowamark (certified by Michael Steele as "ugly and incendiary")
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To: Eric Blair 2084

The government has no business telling people not to smoke. On the other hand, anyone who does is dumb as a box of rocks.


5 posted on 08/21/2009 5:09:08 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: iowamark

...breaking the old record held by Barney Frank.


6 posted on 08/21/2009 5:13:06 PM PDT by VisualizeSmallerGovernment (This Little Piggie Gets Wee Wee'd Up All The Way Home)
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To: Drango

You’re stalking me again. I’m honored.

FWIW, this woman aside my grandfathers smoked and died of old age. My uncles still smoke into their 70’s. Little more than anecdotal evidence there. I see it every time I play cards with them. Maybe my “problem” is I’ve never seen any of these horrible diseases caused by smoking that cause even conservatives like you to suspend your belief in limited gubmint just for this one case.

All I’m saying is that genes have something to do with who drops dead of whatever.


7 posted on 08/21/2009 5:14:23 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shouldn't be a federal agency...it should be a convenience store.)
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To: Eric Blair 2084

Smoke, smoke, smoke that cigarette
Puff, puff, puff and if you smoke yourself to death
Tell St. Peter at the Golden Gate
That you hates to make him wait
But you just gotta have another cigarette

Merle Travis and Tex Willilanms


8 posted on 08/21/2009 5:17:36 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Eric Blair 2084

that averages out to about five cigs a day.


9 posted on 08/21/2009 5:19:52 PM PDT by aft_lizard (Barack Obama is Hugo Chavez's poodle.)
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To: Eric Blair 2084
She has enjoyed over 168,000 fags in her lifetime ....

So Barney Frank should live forever!

10 posted on 08/21/2009 5:20:18 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham ("Baldrick, to you the Renaissance was just something that happened to other people, wasn't it?")
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To: Eric Blair 2084
I'm glad she is enjoying such a long life. However, it is in spite of cigarettes. For each of these cases, there are thousands who die in their 60s due to smoking.

As a smoker, I had a rolodex full of smokers in their 80s at my disposal to convince others (and mostly myself) that it wasn't so bad. In reality, I most likely would not have been one of those cases.

I support anyone's right to consume whatever substance they choose, including "illegal drugs." However, I urge anyone to find out and accept the risks of their drug of choice. If you smoke cigarettes, you have a large chance of dying of cancer or emphysema. If you are an overweight person, you are likely to experience heart disease. And as a drinker, the health of my heart and liver is likely to be compromised and I may also die early from that.

You pays your money and you takes your choice.
11 posted on 08/21/2009 5:20:36 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: aft_lizard

You beat me to it.


12 posted on 08/21/2009 5:21:27 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham ("Baldrick, to you the Renaissance was just something that happened to other people, wasn't it?")
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To: mysterio
If you smoke cigarettes, you have a large chance of dying of cancer or emphysema.

Of course the smokers tell you that everyone has to die. Which, of course is true. But it's the process that gets me worried.

13 posted on 08/21/2009 5:22:34 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham ("Baldrick, to you the Renaissance was just something that happened to other people, wasn't it?")
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To: Drango
Are you using anecdotal evidence as indicating smokers live a long life?

Are you denying the significance of smokers who live long lives? Or is the fact of their being alive too "anecdotal" for relevance?

Long-lived smokers evidence an obvious, major flaw in the paranoia against tobacco.

Pity no one is interested in investigating that flaw. Especially since such anecdotal flaws seem to point directly to some sort of resistance, or even immunity, to things like cancer and heart and lung disease.

But hey, it's not evidence - or science - until a peer-reviewed committee says so. Which makes all those long-lived, breathing, smoking anecdotes pounding on the windows really annoying.

14 posted on 08/21/2009 5:23:23 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: Huskrrrr

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIN8MmMloZE
SMOKE! SMOKE! SMOKE! (THAT CIGARETTE)


15 posted on 08/21/2009 5:29:35 PM PDT by iowamark (certified by Michael Steele as "ugly and incendiary")
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To: mysterio

This is not breaking news. Lighting a leaf on fire and inhaling it into your lungs is not health food. It’s for adults.

But your characterization is way off base. You don’t have a large chance of dying of cancer if you do whatever. You have a significantly higher chance of dying early. There’s a difference.


16 posted on 08/21/2009 5:30:07 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shouldn't be a federal agency...it should be a convenience store.)
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To: Eric Blair 2084
All I’m saying is that genes have something to do with who drops dead of whatever.

She isn't a very heavy smoker. If you run the numbers, it comes out to about 5 smokes a day.

17 posted on 08/21/2009 5:39:00 PM PDT by EVO X
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To: Eric Blair 2084

5 cigarettes a day, hell, not much of an addict at all. Knew lots of guys that smoked 2-3 packs a day. Wonder where they are now? Oh, I remember, they MOVED TO FOREST LAWN!

Keep smoking Obama...


18 posted on 08/21/2009 6:00:16 PM PDT by outhousepatrol
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To: Black Birch

Yeah, 5 cigarettes a day barely qualifies as a smoker, iyam. It’d be a lot more jaw dropping if she had smoked two packs a day for 90 years.


19 posted on 08/21/2009 6:01:50 PM PDT by squidly
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To: brytlea

Spork you!


20 posted on 08/21/2009 6:10:53 PM PDT by Ronin (Nemo me impune lacesset)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

**But it’s the process that gets me worried.**

Actually about 30% of smokers die of Cancer.. another 30% or so May die of emphysema... the Majority of smokers die of a much more mundane things like ... OLD AGE!!... and SO WHAT... those who will die of the first two aforementioned reasons, will die before reaching the age of Social Security, and will spend much less than the average OLD FART after reaching SS age.

I have to agree that ...why so many diehard Conservatives who preach limited govt.. turn in to WHINING SCREAMING LIBERALS.. all it takes is one word ... TOBACCO!!

When it comes to tobacco... the GREAT NANNY GOVERNMENT IS ALL KNOWING AND CAN DO NO WRONG...


21 posted on 08/21/2009 6:22:40 PM PDT by gwilhelm56 (Orwell's 1984 - To Conservatives, a WARNING - to Liberals, a TEXTBOOK!)
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To: Drango
Are you using anecdotal evidence as indicating smokers live a long life?

It is actual evidence, not anecdotal.

Anecdotal evidence would be that busybodies tend to die young because they go through life agonizing that somebody, somewhere, might be having fun.

22 posted on 08/21/2009 6:23:12 PM PDT by elkfersupper (Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: Eric Blair 2084

My father died from a bad fall when he was 92. Open pack of Pall Malls and a zippo next to his chair by his ash tray.


23 posted on 08/21/2009 6:27:26 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham
But it's the process that gets me worried.

My "process" will be knocking off as many nanny-staters as I can before the SWAT team gets to me.

24 posted on 08/21/2009 6:28:46 PM PDT by elkfersupper (Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: Eric Blair 2084

She’s 102 years old and this is the ONLY thing they could find publishable about her? sheeeeesh


25 posted on 08/21/2009 6:32:00 PM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT ("Economy is the method by which we prepare today to afford the improvements of tomorrow"C.Coolidge)
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To: Eric Blair 2084
Is this totally irrelevant to the post? Really? GOOD! THANK YOU!

(LC taking a bow)


26 posted on 08/21/2009 6:35:51 PM PDT by LiberConservative (OneBigAssMistakeAmerica)
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To: gwilhelm56
I have to agree that ...why so many diehard Conservatives who preach limited govt.. turn in to WHINING SCREAMING LIBERALS.. all it takes is one word ... TOBACCO!!

You're making the false assumption that any conservative who appreciates the dangers of smoking is a nanny-state liberal who wants to deprive smokers of their pleasure. Not true at all. Whether smokers should be persecuted by the government and whether smoking is good for you are two completely different propositions.

27 posted on 08/21/2009 6:53:10 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham ("Baldrick, to you the Renaissance was just something that happened to other people, wasn't it?")
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To: mysterio

“For each of these cases, there are thousands who die in their 60s due to smoking.”

So you believe in global warming, as well, since it is exactly the same kind of pseudoscience that proves smoking causes disease as proves global warming. All bunk.

Hope you are happy with your government “high priests” of fear.

Hank


28 posted on 08/21/2009 6:59:20 PM PDT by Hank Kerchief
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

**Whether smokers should be persecuted by the government and whether smoking is good for you are two completely different propositions.**

NEITHER is ANY of your CONCERN.

As for the False assumption, it’s totally correct, ever since Clinton’s Surgeon General released her REport saying that 2nd hand smoke was More dangerous than 1st hand smoke. So many usually decent Conservatives fell for it hook line and sinker. and all the LIberal Nanny staters did.

And YES, as per your previous statements... Your a Tobacco Nazi or a Cigarette NANNY STATER. Which makes you no better than a liberal..


29 posted on 08/21/2009 7:01:30 PM PDT by gwilhelm56 (Orwell's 1984 - To Conservatives, a WARNING - to Liberals, a TEXTBOOK!)
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To: Hank Kerchief
it is exactly the same kind of pseudoscience that proves smoking causes disease as proves global warming.

lol
30 posted on 08/21/2009 7:07:55 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: elkfersupper
It is actual evidence, not anecdotal.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anecdotal_evidence

Anecdotal evidence

(2) Evidence, which may itself be true and verifiable, used to deduce a conclusion which does not follow from it, usually by generalizing from an insufficient amount of evidence. For example "my grandfather smoked like a chimney and died healthy in a car crash at the age of 99" does not disprove the proposition that "smoking markedly increases the probability of cancer and heart disease at a relatively early age". In this case, the evidence may itself be true, but does not warrant the conclusion

31 posted on 08/21/2009 7:18:31 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Drango
Are control freaks born & bred or do they evolve?

Inquiring minds want to know.

32 posted on 08/21/2009 7:25:05 PM PDT by elkfersupper (Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: mysterio
If you smoke cigarettes, you have a large chance of dying of cancer ...

7%. That is seven out of one hundred smokers gets lung cancer.

33 posted on 08/21/2009 8:16:36 PM PDT by TigersEye (0bama: "I can see Mecca from the WH portico." --- Google - Cloward-Piven Strategy)
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To: gwilhelm56
Actually about 30% of smokers die of Cancer..

Where did you find that figure? Many years ago I got the figure 7% from the American Heart and Lung Association but I have found it very difficult to find any published statistics anywhere in the last ten years.

34 posted on 08/21/2009 8:22:27 PM PDT by TigersEye (0bama: "I can see Mecca from the WH portico." --- Google - Cloward-Piven Strategy)
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To: elkfersupper
My "process" will be knocking off as many nanny-staters as I can before the SWAT team gets to me.

The coroner will report to the NHS "he would have survived his bullet wounds if he wasn't a smoker. CoD - smoking."

35 posted on 08/21/2009 8:25:39 PM PDT by TigersEye (0bama: "I can see Mecca from the WH portico." --- Google - Cloward-Piven Strategy)
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To: Eric Blair 2084

Thanks for the ping!


36 posted on 08/21/2009 8:29:20 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Eric Blair 2084

Better get those cigs away from her quickly. They are going to kill her. lol


37 posted on 08/21/2009 10:05:26 PM PDT by jerry639
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To: gwilhelm56
NEITHER is ANY of your CONCERN.

You don't know what the hell you're talking about. My own health, and my right to speak about it, ARE most definitely MY concern. If you want to smoke, go for it. I enjoy my constitutional right to free speech and no half-wit jackass is going to tell me when and where to exercise it.

38 posted on 08/21/2009 10:48:26 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham ("Baldrick, to you the Renaissance was just something that happened to other people, wasn't it?")
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To: TigersEye

Some tobacco Nazi walked up to me in a bar one day and said “Don’t you know that second hand smoke is killing us?” To which I replied, “That’s what I’ve been hoping.”


39 posted on 08/21/2009 11:17:26 PM PDT by NaughtiusMaximus (Hey, Mr. Obama, please don't kill my gramma! NO on socialist healthcare!)
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To: NaughtiusMaximus

LOL To which you could add “I’ve been looking for a faster method. Got any suggestions?”


40 posted on 08/21/2009 11:22:33 PM PDT by TigersEye (0bama: "I can see Mecca from the WH portico." --- Google - Cloward-Piven Strategy)
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To: iowamark

YEE-HAAAAAW!


41 posted on 08/21/2009 11:27:44 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: squidly
Yeah, 5 cigarettes a day barely qualifies as a smoker, iyam. It’d be a lot more jaw dropping if she had smoked two packs a day for 90 years.

She could have been like BC and never inhaled...

42 posted on 08/22/2009 7:48:58 AM PDT by EVO X
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

**My own health,**

There you go ..you just proved it yourself... to quote another ..’YOUR Smoking is killing me”...

Damn.. “got any ideas that are QUICKER?”


43 posted on 08/22/2009 9:39:20 AM PDT by gwilhelm56 (Orwell's 1984 - To Conservatives, a WARNING - to Liberals, a TEXTBOOK!)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham
She has enjoyed over 168,000 fags in her lifetime ....

So Barney Frank should live forever!

LOL. I spit out my coffee reading that!

44 posted on 08/22/2009 9:50:42 AM PDT by dragonblustar ("... and if you disagree with me, then you sir, are worse than Hitler!" - Greg Gutfeld)
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To: Eric Blair 2084
First of all,boys and girls,”fag” is a slang word in Britain for cigarette.So behave yourselves!
45 posted on 08/22/2009 9:54:06 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Christian+Veteran=Terrorist)
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To: TigersEye

**Many years ago I got the figure 7% from the American Heart and Lung Association**

got that number from a website.. can’t remember which one. I’ll take your numbers as they can be attributed. I like how the Tobacco NAZI NANNY STATERS on the first 5 or so Googled sites spin it.. 90% of ALL CANCERS are caused by TOBACCO.. stupid LIberals that was NOT THE QUESTION. But it’s the only Statistic that they offer.
I have the list too, of the 90-100+year olds, that washed their Pall Malls down with Bud and JACK.


46 posted on 08/22/2009 9:56:00 AM PDT by gwilhelm56 (Orwell's 1984 - To Conservatives, a WARNING - to Liberals, a TEXTBOOK!)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Another PC Group heard from


47 posted on 08/22/2009 9:57:15 AM PDT by gwilhelm56 (Orwell's 1984 - To Conservatives, a WARNING - to Liberals, a TEXTBOOK!)
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To: Ronin

Unlikely.


48 posted on 08/22/2009 1:26:10 PM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham
You are restricting yourself to the non-smoking section.

The advocates of freedom are not there.

49 posted on 08/22/2009 4:54:37 PM PDT by elkfersupper (Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: Black Birch; squidly

I don’t smoke that much in a week thanks to the e-cig. Based upon that math, I should live to be 109.

Now that I said that, I’ll probably be diagnosed with leukemia, Lou Gehrig’s disease or be killed by a terrorist attack tomorrow.


50 posted on 08/22/2009 6:04:12 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shouldn't be a federal agency...it should be a convenience store.)
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