Fredie Blom is 114 yet regardless he can’t kick the propensity that has subjugated him for the majority of his working life. Blom spent the majority he can possibly imagine in Cape Town, South Africa.
The South African, who spent a large portion he can possibly imagine as a worker, may soon be perceived as the world’s most established man,
Shockingly, he is as yet a normal smoker. He smokes a few ‘pills’ – slang for tobacco came in paper – consistently.
“I feel very healthy, I’m good,” Blom added. “My heart is strong but it’s only my legs that are giving in – I can’t walk the way I used to.”
He told BBC News that he gave up alcohol years ago, but he still smokes tobacco several times per day. Specifically, he said, he smokes “pills,” a term used for tobacco rolled in newspaper, resembling a cigarette, according to BBC News.
“I use my own tobacco because I don’t smoke cigarettes,” the 114-year-old said.
But he wants to quit.
“The urge to smoke is so strong,” he told 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.’
“I blame the devil for that because he’s so strong.”
Still, it hasn’t seemed to hurt him. Blom has no real health issues – only a slower gait and some trouble hearing, according to BBC News.
In fact, he is believed to have outlived every other man on Earth, though the Western Cape Department of Social Development said in a statement that he has “yet to be recognized by the Guinness World Records organization.”
In April, Guinness World Records named Japan’s Masazo Nonaka as the oldest living person (male). Nonaka, 112, from Ashoro, Hokkaido, assumed the title from a man in Spain, who died this year at the age of 113.
But it is France’s Jeanne Louise Calment who holds Guinness record for the “oldest person ever.” The woman, from Arles in southern France, was 122 when she died in 1997.
Guinness World Records said Blom is not currently being considered for an award.
“We receive many applications from individuals who claim to be the oldest living person (male or female) and see many reports about such individuals,” a Guinness World Records spokeswoman said in a statement Tuesday to The Washington Post. “However, we ask for a great deal of paperwork and proof to substantiate claims that meet our official guidelines. We also work with various expert gerontologists and consultants who assist in the investigation of such claims to ensure our facts are correct.”
But she said that if Blom wants to apply, Guinness will work to determine his eligibility.
It’s not only Blom’s long life that has made him a local celebrity, he is also still married.
His wife, Jeanette, who is about three decades younger than him, told CGTN that the couple met at a dance and developed a friendship that lasted 12 years. Eventually, she said, the two got married and have been together for nearly 50 years.
Born in 1904 in Adelaide in the Eastern Cape province, Blom never went to school to learn how to read or write, according to BBC News. He earned his education outdoors, hunting birds, and later went to work as a farm labourer, installing precast concrete walls throughout Cape Town. It wasn’t until he reached his 80s that he retired.
Family members said he still works with his hands, “making fire” and working around the home.
“God says, ‘honour your father and your mother then your future will be good,'” Blum told News 24.