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This 108-year-old San Antonio veteran says ‘women and vodka’ are the keys to a long life


How do you live to 108 years old? Cigarettes, women and vodka, according to retired Army Master Sgt. Eugene Ruf. 

Ruf, who recently celebrated his 108th birthday, told the San Antonio Express-News that chasing women, smoking Lucky Strike cigarettes and drinking Heaven Hill vodka are the keys to longevity. He doesn’t smoke Lucky Strikes anymore, and the chasing women part is probably a joke, the Express-News notes, but Ruf has clearly done something right. Read the full story from the Express-News.

At 108, the retired army sergeant isn’t even the oldest living veteran—that title belongs to Austinite Richard Overton, who is 110. He has similar advice for living a long life: Overton’s cousin, Volma Overton, told the Statesman earlier this year the veteran “still smokes cigars every day and has a few shots of whiskey.” Overton estimated back in 2013 he smokes 12 cigars a day (and has been smoking them since he was 18), but he swears he doesn’t inhale. We’ll take your word for it, Mr. Overton.

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