Obama on Smoking: '95 Percent Cured'
By Mary Ann Akers
President Obama revealed today at his nationally televised news conference that he has fallen off the wagon but is "95 percent cured" of his tobacco addiction.
The president was asked about his smoking habit in light of his action on Monday signing into the law the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which brings tobacco products under federal control for the first time.
Obama said that "as a former smoker, I constantly struggle with it.... Have I fallen off the wagon? Yes."
But he said he doesn't exercise his bad habit on a daily basis, nor does he smoke in front of his impressionable young children, Malia and Sasha.
"I would say I am 95 percent cured," the president said, eliciting chuckles from the White House press corps.
The president said the new tobacco regulation law isn't about him. "It's about the next generation of kids coming up."
Posted at 1:58 PM ET on Jun 23, 2009
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