June 23rd, 2009
08:43 PM ET
8 months ago

Obama admits to smoking on occasion

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he is "95 percent cured" of his smoking habit, "but there are times I mess up."

Obama said "that as a former smoker, I constantly struggle with it. ... Have I fallen off the wagon? Yes."

Obama noted he is not a daily smoker and "doesn't do it in front of" his children.

The president argued that a new law providing for FDA regulation of tobacco "is not about me. It's about the next generation of kids coming up."

The president made his remarks during a news conference at the White House.


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soundoff (302 Responses)
  1. Ivan

    I applaud Mr. Obama for his candour and honesty in admitting his addiction to tobacco, and even more for his trying so hard, doing the hardest job in the world, to stop smoking.
    Now I have something more to tell my doctor about how hard it is for some smokers, like Mr. Obama and me, to quit!

    June 23, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  2. ANDROLOMA, Commerce City, Colorado

    OMG, is it time to panic yet?

    Seriously, if it's true that cigarette smokers are being relegated to second-class citizen status by means of a coordinated effort of societal ostracism, then PC thuggery and mindless conformity have indeed become the mindset of the flock. May your nanny State advocates do the demanding work of society's dictates, and see if the job ever gets done. Is your nose really so vile America, that you would hack it off to spite your own face?

    June 23, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  3. Hmmm....

    95% CURED? What are we talking about here?

    June 23, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. T

    So, this is not news...come on you Rep., where there smoke theres
    fire....LOL

    June 23, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. JonDie

    Not news.

    June 23, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. urbantexan

    With all the mess you gotta clean up Mr. President you can even have an occational blunt.

    June 23, 2009 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. Brina

    Hopefully the press can get to more "relavent" things now....

    June 23, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. RealityKing

    As an ex-smoker, I can tell you that you don't fall off the tobacco wagon. Its a nasty, smelly habit, so Its either you do it or you don't. Not the we expect the progressive media to actually make an honest observation of their agenda minded one.

    June 23, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  9. John

    George W. Bush used to use Cocaine.

    June 23, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  10. katiec

    As a smoker who has tried numerous times to quit it is probably one of the hardest challenges a person can face.
    I give him credit for trying and cutting down as he has. He will no doubt succeed but if he doesn't, so what?

    June 23, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. Mickey Dean

    the republicans are right!

    he isn't perfect.

    is it too late to change my vote?

    June 23, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    No biggy...everyone has their foibles:

    Obama still has a butt once in a while.

    Bush and Cheney tortured people.

    /end sarcasm

    June 23, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. Tim

    Notice, he didn't say tobacco.

    June 23, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. Mike

    How pathetic our President doesnt have the will power to quit smoking. Cripes, even Bush was able to ditch his drinking problem. But in typical liberal fashion, he cant control himself so he will take it upon himself to regulate it for the rest of us. Maybe he should leave the tobacco alone, its one industry the Democrats haven't completley destroyed and a great cash cow to keep taxing to fund all their hand out programs.

    June 23, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. chris

    This guy is a joke. The biggest hypocrite in history. The most over-rated person EVER!!! Man I can't wait for the next election. People, lets stop with these knee jerk reactions to right wingers and left wingers and let's elect someone in the middle.

    June 23, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. Tony

    A President who smokes....what a disgrace. And wonder why we see so many young black males smoking.

    June 23, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  17. demwit

    "95 percent cured"

    What IS he smoking??

    June 23, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  18. matt

    Does he smoke menthols?

    June 23, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. Rick

    Mr. Obama Don't do what Mr. Clinton did .. don't switch to CIGARS!!!

    June 23, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  20. Melissa

    At least he's trying. And at least he's woken up. Good going Obama. I hope you can succeed in quitting.

    June 23, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. T'SAH from Virginia

    TAKE A "DRAG" AND RELAX!!! Why is anyone even questioning this!!! The Reporter TRIED to be soooooo slick in her questioning and was exposed right away!! Obama is not a dummy!!!

    June 23, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  22. catjax

    Yeah, Right!

    June 23, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  23. Laurie in Spokane

    At least Obama's trying to quit smoking, but trying to quit when under the pressure of being President is asking a bit much.

    June 23, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  24. Teknarik

    Yes CNN, lets take every single word and/or sentence that President says, make a big deal of it and discuss it like Bible in Church! C'mon, there are so many more "real" stories to report.

    June 23, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    Aaaaand, the producers over at Faux News all have priapism over this I'm sure....yawn....

    June 23, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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