A chain smoking pensioner has celebrated his 100th birthday despite puffing on nearly 300,000 cigarettes – and glugging a glass of whisky a day. Old soldier Arthur Langran – who survived being blown up by a grenade in the Second World War – claims the key to his longevity is doing what everyone tells him not to.The dad-of-two started smoking aged 20 and has gone through at least ten a day ever since. That works out at an incredible 292,000 cigarettes.
As well as being partial to the odd cigar he also sups a dram of Macallan single malt Scotch right before he goes to bed and credits it for his long life.
But his tipple a day over 80 years totals a staggering 900 bottles.
He said: “I always say the secret is doing things you’re not told to do. I have been smoking since I was 20 and I still enjoy it – and a pipe.”
Arthur, from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, downed pints of ale at his local pub to celebrate the milestone.
His eldest son Peter, 62, revealed doctors had told his father to keep smoking – despite having gone through 292,000 in total already.
Peter said: “These days he rolls himself five or six a day but used to smoke more and has his pipe once in the morning and once in the afternoon.
“The doctor has said it’s not worth getting him to give up the cigarettes.”
Peter added: “He’s had a tough old life. He was an orphan, had a terrible time living and working in Canada and was blown up by a grenade in the war.”
Arthur – whose wife Ivy died in 2000 – was born an orphan and sent to Canada by National Children Homes when he was 14 to work as a farmhand.
He returned to Britain in 1940 to join the Army and fight the Nazis in the Second World War.
Chunks of lead shrapnel from an explosion he was caught up in still remain under his skin.
For years Arthur celebrated his birthday on September 8 but discovered after leaving the Army and applying for a birth certificate that it was actually on September 6.