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August 22, 2019

Man believed to be 114 years old wants to give up smoking

May 30, 2018

Even when you are 114 years old, there are goals to achieve.

Even when you are 114 years old, there are goals to achieve.

South African Fredie Blom, who may be the world’s oldest man, says he wants to give up smoking.

“The urge to smoke is so strong,” he tells BBC News. “Sometimes I tell myself I’m going to stop but it’s just me lying to myself. My chest chases me to have a puff and I’m then forced to make a ‘pill’.

He said he smokes two or three “pills” every day. “Pills” is slang for tobacco rolled into newspaper, according to the BBC.

He said he gave up drinking years ago.

Blom turned 114 earlier this month. A spokesperson with the West Cape Department of Social Development said that Blom was issued an identity document with a birth date of May 8, 1904.

He has not been recognized by Guinness World Records, an official with the organization told the Daily News on Wednesday.

Fredie Blom is believed to be 114 years old. (CGTN Africa)

Blom said he worked into his 80s.

“I feel very healthy, I’m good,” he told BBC News. “My heart is strong but it’s only my legs that are giving in —I can’t walk the way I used to.”

He was born in Adelaide in the Eastern Cape and eventually moved to Cape Town. He worked as a farm worker and also in construction.

He used to wake up early, but now sleeps in.

“I can’t do anything — I can’t even get on a ladder any longer,” he told BBC News. “I just sit around. I don’t have time for the nonsense that’s on TV.”

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