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Reality Check: Even Obama Struggles With Smoking

Barack Obama is one healthy man, exercising just about every day by running, strength training, and playing basketball. With such an active lifestyle, it's surprising to know that he has one unhealthy vice: cigarettes. He has admitted to smoking seven a day at times, and he's working hard to kick his habit before becoming president, when his stress level can only increase. Here's a recent clip from the Today Show where Obama talks about how he's planning to quit.

I've never smoked, but I have friends who have, and they say that quitting was one of the hardest things they've ever had to do. I guess that's why experts say it's best not to even start. Tell me, have any of you quit smoking? If so, how long did it take for you to kick the habit for good?

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brookrene brookrene 7 years
I smoked for about 4 years, about half a pack a day atleast. One day I just decided to stop, I had one after 3 days, decided it was so smelly and tasted disgusting and that was the end. That's it, it wasn't hard. Once you decide to do it, then you just do it. Mind over matter.
pink1783 pink1783 7 years
Yes, quitting smoking is super hard! I know so many people who have quit for years and gone right back to it. I think of it as any other addiction, it's a life-long struggle. But overall I quit 8 weeks ago, and I am doing well, just get random cravings at parties and when I am bored. But I am glad to be done with it, hated smelling like smoke and having it control me and hiding it from my family because they knew I quit awhile back, but then didn't know I started again. I quit with the quit smoking drug, Chantix, through my doctor and it helped the cravings a lot. Kind of expensive but worth it!
fcseamstress fcseamstress 7 years
I've been trying to quit since my wedding in August. I'm down to a cig every other day or so. The hardest part for me is hanging around with my friends, who all smoke, and my husband, because he still smokes. I don't buy them anymore, but every other day or so I'll grab one from my husband or sneak one from his pack. When I'm drinking is def the worst though, because smoking and drinking just seem to go hand in hand (we drink at friends' houses mostly, and again, they all smoke).I've never had a problem quitting until now... I've smoked on and off (more off than on) for the last 6 years or so... And when the stress of the wedding was hitting me hard I picked it up again... *sigh* Nobody's perfect... But I really do need to find a healthier way to manage stress.
fcseamstress fcseamstress 7 years
I've been trying to quit since my wedding in August. I'm down to a cig every other day or so. The hardest part for me is hanging around with my friends, who all smoke, and my husband, because he still smokes. I don't buy them anymore, but every other day or so I'll grab one from my husband or sneak one from his pack. When I'm drinking is def the worst though, because smoking and drinking just seem to go hand in hand (we drink at friends' houses mostly, and again, they all smoke). I've never had a problem quitting until now... I've smoked on and off (more off than on) for the last 6 years or so... And when the stress of the wedding was hitting me hard I picked it up again... *sigh* Nobody's perfect... But I really do need to find a healthier way to manage stress.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I never started smoking, but I have friends that do and they've told me that trying to quit is one of the hardest things they've ever tried to do...hence, they still smoke. My mom started smoking in high school and she quit when she met my dad because he said he'd never date a smoker. So she quit and never told him she smoked so he wouldn't break up with her, lol. She says that she still sometimes misses it though...she had to start chewing gum and figuring out what to do with her fingers when she was stressed out instead of smoking. I could see the stress thing being a hurdle for Obama...I think if I were trying to fix the economy and run the country, I'd need a cig too.
peaceology peaceology 7 years
Obama promised his wife he would stop smoking before he'd run for president.OOPS.
peaceology peaceology 7 years
Obama promised his wife he would stop smoking before he'd run for president. OOPS.
Katikins Katikins 7 years
I quit almost 12 years ago and when I finally quit (I say that because it took a couple of different tries before I was finally able to) I was ready for it. No one can quit just because you tell them it's bad for them and others around them. Trust me, smokers know this. I really hope Obama can quit if it's what he really wants. I used the Rx Zyban and it worked, but I also think that I was committed to quiting and I really wanted to make it work. I also stopped taking my cigs to work with me so I didnt' smoke for the majority of the day about a month or so before I quit. That helped a lot. I wish him luck!
frogribbit frogribbit 7 years
In January it will be 2 years since I quit cold turkey. I was a long term smoker. And I agree that the temptation is ALWAYS there! I can't imagine trying to quit with all of the stresses of a presidency!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
Oh, and starangel is totally right about family gatherings - my whole family (almost) still smokes and it's damn near impossible not to just steal the cigarette from their hands and run. I keep Nicorette on me sometimes for if it gets really tough (hello winter holidays!).
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I smoked for a LONG time (I won't even say anymore since it's totally embarrassing, let's just say I started way before I was legal), and it's literally taken me over a dozen tries to quit. I've been a nonsmoker for about a year now and I feel a ton better, but the temptation is definitely still there, especially when I'm out at a bar with friends or drinking a glass of wine outside like marlovestar mentioned. I wish the random cravings would just go away already!If I'd known how hard this would be, I would NEVER have started. Not even a question. It's so not worth it.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I smoked for a LONG time (I won't even say anymore since it's totally embarrassing, let's just say I started way before I was legal), and it's literally taken me over a dozen tries to quit. I've been a nonsmoker for about a year now and I feel a ton better, but the temptation is definitely still there, especially when I'm out at a bar with friends or drinking a glass of wine outside like marlovestar mentioned. I wish the random cravings would just go away already! If I'd known how hard this would be, I would NEVER have started. Not even a question. It's so not worth it.
356UIK 356UIK 7 years
Ew gross! I didnt know that!
356UIK 356UIK 7 years
Ew gross! I didnt know that!
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
Quitting smoking is so hard. I started when I was 15 (yeah... I know). And smoked everyday for 10 years. I just quit a few months ago because I want to try and get my blood pressure down. I have used the lozenges and they really help. It's easy not to smoke at work because we have a no smoking policy at work. When I'm around my friends and family, it is really hard because they all smoke. I am always reminded of the line in Keeping The Faith: "I quit smoking (x number) of years ago and every time I see a smoker I just want to French them and suck all the smoke out of their lungs." (Yes, I paraphrased.)
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
Quitting smoking is so hard. I started when I was 15 (yeah... I know). And smoked everyday for 10 years. I just quit a few months ago because I want to try and get my blood pressure down. I have used the lozenges and they really help. It's easy not to smoke at work because we have a no smoking policy at work. When I'm around my friends and family, it is really hard because they all smoke. I am always reminded of the line in Keeping The Faith: "I quit smoking (x number) of years ago and every time I see a smoker I just want to French them and suck all the smoke out of their lungs." (Yes, I paraphrased.)
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i saw a story like this a while back and no one believed me when i said that obama smokes - they said that he's so health conscious that he can't smoke - but i see that i WAS right! i can only imagine how hard it is to break the habit and i wish him the best of luck so that he's able to quit. i've never been a smoker but i know from my friends that it can be really hard to stop that habit.
wambalus wambalus 7 years
I was never a hard-core smoker, but I liked to roll my own cigarettes when I was in my early twenties and smoked for about 6-8 months. Then I just decided I didn't want to smoke anymore, but still everyone once in a while I'll have a rollie for old times' sake. I feel happy knowing that I don't NEED to smoke so I know I could never get seriously addicted. Also I hate the taste of normal cigarettes so I always have to use rolling baccy. It makes it easier because I can't just bum cigs off people after a couple of drinks.
Marlovestar Marlovestar 7 years
I finally quit for good three years ago. The hardest still comes during the summer when I'm out on a patio drinking wine. The temptation is ALWAYS there. But then I think of the lines that i don't want around my mouth. I'm a little embarassed to admit it, but I quit for vanity reasons. If Obama can quit before 1-20 then he stands a good chance but it's going to be quite the struggle to quit with such daily pressure.
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