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Barack Obama unwittingly admits that he had stopped smoking out of fear for his wife.
NEW YORK CITY: Barack Obama unwittingly admits that he had stopped smoking out of fear for his wife.
The US leader, taking part in an event on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly was exchanging small talk when his admission was captured by a loose microphone.
In a recording taped by CNN, Obama was standing up after the event and asking the man next to him if he had given up smoking.
When the question is returned to him, Obama, in a light hearted toned, smiled and said, "I haven't had a cigarette in probably six years. That's because I'm scared of my wife."
Usually known for his fit figure and healthy lifestyle, Obama had a weakness for cigarettes and depicted himself as a smoker in his memoir of his youth, "Dreams from My Father."
Obama's smoking habit and his efforts to quit became favourite topics in the US media from the time he started his campaign for the White House in the 2008 election.
During his first year in office, Obama described himself as "95 per cent cured" from smoking but admitted he has occasionally "fallen off the wagon".
In December 2010, then White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said that Obama had not smoked for nine months and had been "stubborn" in quitting, despite the stress.
First lady Michelle Obama, a campaigner for public health, has been open about her distaste for her husband's smoking but said that he never lit up in front of their two daughters.
In February 2011, she said that the president had not smoked for a year and that she was not giving him a hard time about the issue.
"When somebody's doing the right thing, you don't mess with them," she said.