(WASHINGTON) – President Obama hasn’t smoked in nine months, according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.
At Thursday's White House briefing, Gibbs told reporters he has "not seen or witnessed evidence of the president smoking in nine months," after he was asked a question about the president’s nicotine needs given recent statements by the Surgeon General that he has been working hard to quit.
"It's not something he's proud of," Gibbs said of Obama's struggles with kicking tobacco. "He knows it's not good for him. He doesn't like children to know about it, particularly his own."
Gibbs suggested it has been difficult for the president not to light up, especially during recent political fights over the tax-cut compromise and the START nuclear disarmament treaty.
“When he might have found comfort in" a cigarette, said Gibbs of Obama, he "pushed it away."
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