Batuli Lamichhane took up the habit when she was 17 years old and hasn’t stopped since.
Born in March 1903, the Nepalese woman said smoking had helped her outlive everyone else in her village, including almost all of her own children.
“I don’t really care how old I am,” she said.
“But I am old nonetheless. I have seen a lot of things change during my lifetime.
“I have been smoking for over 95 years. There is nothing wrong with smoking.”
But Ms Lamichhane hasn’t been smoking commercially made cigarettes – she smokes handmade “beedis” – tobacco wrapped in tendu leaf.
The roof of Ms Lamichhane’s house caved in recently following an earthquake, but she refuses to be relocated, and lives off donations from a nearby Hindu temple.
“People of this modern age have too much stress,” she said.
“And those who do not work or are idle in their old age won’t live long. So you have to be active and stress free.
“You should always be happy, then you will live a long life.”