(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama parted with some of his nicotine gum at a Los Angeles campaign stop Tuesday to help a man having trouble kicking the habit.
At a gas station where the Illinois Democrat discussed his plan for a low carbon fuel standard, a man asked if he still smoked cigarettes.
Obama, who has said he quit smoking before his presidential campaign under pressure from his wife, replied, “I do not.”
When the man asked how Obama was able to quit, the Democratic presidential hopeful said, “Nicorette. You want one?”
With that, Obama grabbed his own pack and tossed the man two pieces, saying, “Here, try one out.”
To laughter, Obama added, “That’s two milligrams. I only had like three or four cigarettes a day when I smoked. If you’re a heavier smoker, you may need the four milligram. It’s not bad, though. It works.”
- CNN Political Desk Manager Steve Brusk