White House: Obama still trying to kick the habit


President Barack Obama apparently hasn’t had a cigarette since March, but the White House stopped short Thursday of declaring that he has officially kicked the habit bedeviling millions of Americans.

“I have not seen or witnessed evidence of any smoking in probably nine months,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs replied when asked at his regular media briefing about Obama’s habit.

Has the president quit smoking? Gibbs wasn’t ready to make that declaration.

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“For that nine months, yes,” he said. “I don’t want to be flip. I think the president would be the first one to tell you that it’s a struggle.”

The update on Obama’s continued fight against the addictive powers of nicotine followed Thursday’s release of the latest U.S. Surgeon General’s report to warn the public about tobacco’s risks, including how it immediately begins to poison the body.

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