ZARAGOZA, Nueva Ecija, Philippines – At 100 years old, Dionisia Mamaclay-Reyes still washes her own laundry, walks alone with a cane, eats food with gusto and engages in neighborhood talk.
Born on Dec. 6, 1916, the “no ordinary” senior citizen still expects to add a few more years to her life as she goes on with her daily routine.
Lola Dionisia, as she is fondly called in Barangay Sta. Cruz here, still possesses impeccable sense of humor, nearly flooring everyone within earshot when she revealed that the secret to her long life is smoking packs of cigarettes every day.
“I have been smoking cigarettes since I was nine years old,” said Reyes who named brands like La Campana, Balintawak and Marvels, among those she consumed.
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She said she felt good lighting up, destroying conventional wisdom that says smoking is bad for the health.
According to experts, smoking can cause lung disease by damaging the airways and the air sacs, which may eventually lead to emphysema, chronic bronchitis and cancer.http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/02/13/1671772/lola-100-credits-smoking-long-life