First Lady: President Quit Smoking a Year Ago 'I am very proud of him,' says Michelle By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Feb 8, 2011 5:42 PM CST 14 comments Comments President Obama speaks at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, Monday, Feb. 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (Newser) – President Obama's quest to kick the smoking habit is going well, says the first lady. Asked by reporters at a luncheon to clarify whether he'd quit, she answered: "Yes he has, yes he has," reports the Chicago Sun-Times. "Totally." She didn't know exactly when he'd last lit up but said, "It's been almost a year," and added, "I am very proud of him." She credits Malia and Sasha: "I think our kids are getting to the age where he wants to be able to look them in the face, because they want to know, 'You don't smoke, do you Dad?' He wants to be able to say nope. It's always really for the kids."