Obama: ‘I Smoked 8, 9 Cigarettes A Day In White House & Stopped When Malia Caught Me’

Barack Obama reveals some behind the scenes glimpses of his life in the White House in his forthcoming memoir, including problems in his marriage and how the stress of the job increased his smoking habit.

The 768-page tome, entitled ‘A Promised Land’ and out on November 17, focuses on Obama’s early political career through his first term in the White House. But the book also features some human interest stories, including the former president’s struggle to quit smoking.

Obama admits that he would sometimes smoke eight or nine or ten cigarettes a day and look for a ‘discreet location to grab an evening smoke,’ in the memoir, a copy of which was obtained by CNN.

And he credits his eldest daughter Malia with getting him to quit, writing she ‘frowned’ at him after ‘smelling a cigarette on my breath.’

He said he ‘ceaselessly’ chewed nicotine gum to stop.

During his presidency, there was endless speculation on whether Obama had kicked the habit, which he famously promised his wife Michelle he would do before he campaigned for president.

Obama began smoking as a teenager and talked about his struggle to quit.

‘As a former smoker I constantly struggle with it,’ the then-president admitted during a press conference in 2009. ‘Have I fallen off the wagon sometimes? Yes. Am I a daily smoker, a constant smoker? No. I don’t do it in front of my kids. I don’t do it in front of my family. And, you know, I would say that I am 95% cured, but there are times where I mess up,’ he said.

He was never caught on camera smoking during his White House tenure, but there were hints of his habit.

In 2015, during Obama’s trip to Germany for a G-7 meeting, a spokesman for the then-Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi posted a photo online that appeared to show Obama holding a pack of cigarettes.

The White House, at the time, said it was not.

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