Obama Can't Kick the Habit

Year and many headaches later, prez is still puffing
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 1, 2010 4:28 AM CST
President Barack Obama returns to the White House from the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., following a medical exam, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Waaait a minute. Didn't the president say he was going to kick? Obama is in excellent shape, according to his annual physical. But despite his healthy diet and regular workouts, he can't seem to ditch the occasional coffin nail. The First Doctor's report says that he's using "nicotine replacement therapy" in a bid to quit smoking but doesn't go into specifics, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

Obama has been candid about his difficulties with tobacco in the past: "Have I fallen off the wagon sometimes?" he said last year. "Yes. Am I a daily smoker? No. Am I a constant smoker? No." What are the chances he'll ever completely quit? Pretty dismal, notes Gawker. "How many smokers do you know who are "quitting" (all of them) and who have actually quit?" asks the snarky web site. "None."

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