Obama’s strug­gle

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WASHINGTON: US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama ap­pears to be mak­ing progress in his strug­gle to kick a smok­ing habit and is chew­ing nico­tine gum, 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.

The spokesman was asked about the pres­i­dent’s smok­ing habit in the wake of a re­port by US Sur­geon Gen­eral Regina Ben­jamin that said cig­a­rette smoke causes im­me­di­ate dam­age to a per­son’s lungs.

Gibbs said he be­lieves Obama is still chew­ing nico­tine gum.

Obama’s last phys­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion in Fe­bru­ary said he needed to con­tinue to­bacco ces­sa­tion ef­forts. – Reuters

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