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SOURCE: Vascular Health Sciences
Nathalie Chevreau says focus of story should be an inspiration that anyone can quit smoking, and not how a smoker lived to be 102.
Salt Lake City, Utah (PRWEB) March 05, 2013
Vascular Health Sciences Chief Science Officer Nathalie Chevreau, PhD, R.D. says when she heard the news of 102-year-old Clara Cowell's announcement to quit smoking after 82 years of addiction, she knew Cowell would serve as an inspiration to all smokers wishing to quit.
“How she has survived as a smoker this long is hard to pin,” said Chevreau. “But the inspiration lies in the fact that an 102-year-old woman addicted to smoking for 82 years managed to conquer one of the most difficult habits to conquer. No matter the reason for her quitting, media should be focusing on the fact that 'if a 102-year-old woman can quit, you can too.'"
According to the Daily Mail, Cowell began smoking in 1931, and said she smoked approximately two to three cigarettes per day. Over a period of 82 years, this adds up to between 60,000 and 90,000 cigarettes.
The Daily Mail describes Mrs. Cowell as a mother of four, with nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren. She spent her 101st birthday surprising onlookers as she waltzed across the dance floor at the Blackpool Tower ballroom, and this year, her family decided to change things up a little as they celebrated her 102nd birthday at an area pub. She claims she has always just tried to make the most of things throughout her life, and recalls that during the war, her family never seemed to have enough to eat or time for sufficient sleep.
Interestingly enough, it wasn’t the inhalation of smoke and its damage to her body that caused Mrs. Cowell to finally extinguish her habit, according to the Daily Mail. On her 102nd birthday, she made a promise to her family that she would stop smoking due to their concerns about the falling ash possibly starting a fire in her home. Cowell lives independently, and according to one of her daughters, the main reason for her long life is her habit of consuming a cup of tea with whiskey and a cigarette every day, in addition to living a hard life and poverty. Medical professionals beg to differ.
Although Chevreau sends her sincere congratulations to Clara Cowell for her decision to stop smoking, she doesn't agree with Cowell's 69 year old daughter's perspective about her mother's recipe for a long life. "More likely, there are a number of contributing factors which have assisted Mrs. Cowell in reaching such an inspiring age," Chevreau explains. " A combination of impressive genes, a better than average diet, and the ability to remain active and in good physical condition throughout her lifetime are more likely responsible. Nonetheless, her accomplishment is nothing short of incredible.”
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