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