Obama Making progress in smoking struggle?
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama appears to be making progress in his struggle to kick a smoking habit and is chewing nicotine gum as a replacement, the White House said on Thursday.
Spokesman Robert Gibbs said he had not seen or witnessed any evidence of Obama smoking in probably nine months.
"This is not something that he's proud of. He knows that it's not good for him. He ... doesn't like children to know about it, obviously, including his," Gibbs said.
The spokesman was asked about the president's smoking habit in the wake of a report by U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin that said cigarette smoke causes immediate damage to a person's lungs.
"He understands its dangers, and I think has done a lot of extraordinary work to wrestle with that habit, as millions of Americans have," Gibbs said.
Gibbs said he believes Obama is still chewing nicotine gum to relieve the desire for tobacco. Obama's last physical examination in February said he needed to continue tobacco cessation efforts.
(Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Stacey Joyce)
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