'Ex' Smoker Obama Still Lights Up

He 'fesses to bumming cigs when pressure trumps fight to stay fit
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2008 2:20 AM CDT
Barack Obama campaigns in Indianapolis yesterday.   (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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(Newser) – It's not easy staying healthy during a grueling campaign, admits Barack Obama, who even fesses up to bumming a few cigarettes. He still manages to squeeze in six 45-minute workouts per week—but the ex-smoker admits giving in to temptation and sucking down the  occasional coffin nail, Obama tells Men's Health. He advises would-be quitters to eliminate key smoking connections, like smoking after a meal.

"There have been a couple of times during the campaign when I fell off the wagon and bummed one, and I had to kick it again," Obama said. "But seeing as I'm running for president, I need to cut myself a little slack."