A 102-year-old woman from the U.K. is in the news today for finally throwing in the towel on her 71-year-old smoking habit. Yup, upon turning a stubborn but very young 102, Clara Cowell told her family she'll stop smoking her usual three cigarettes a day. And when I say family I mean FAMILY! Clara's a mother of four, grandmother to nine, great grandmother to 12, and great great grandmother to four.
Wow, I don't know whether to applaud this woman, laugh at the kooky situation (I mean, really, you're gonna give it up at 102?!), or scream and pull my hair out, because it's crazy anomalies like this that give stubborn middle-aged or senior smokers like my parents an excuse to keep plowing through a pack a day. (Even though, of course, Clara's habit sounds like it has never been as extreme as that.)