Two wars, a jobless recovery and a brutal Election Day might make some folks nervous enough to grab a cigarette. But the hard times have had the opposite effect on President Obama, who hasn't had a smoke in nearly a year, according to his White House spokesman.
"I've not seen or witnessed evidence of smoking in probably nine months," Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters Thursday. "I think he has worked extremely hard. And I think he would tell you, even when, in the midst of a tax agreement and a START [arms] deal and all the other things that accumulate, that even where he might have once found some comfort in that . . . he's pushed it away."
Obama, who plays basketball regularly and works out six days a week, has in the past acknowledged a smoking habit
that he's tried to kick since his election two years ago. Gibbs said last year the president was 95 percent cured, the Washington Post reported. But suspicion lingered that he sneaked a cigarette now and then.
Now word comes that Obama is winning his battle with tobacco just as the U.S. surgeon general issues a report
saying that even a single puff -- one inhalation reaching the lungs -- can damage a person's health. The president understands the danger, Gibbs said, and "has done a lot of extraordinary work to wrestle with that habit, as millions of Americans have."
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