Obama: I'm 95 percent not a smoker

President Obama said Tuesday that he constantly struggles with his addiction to smoking and that occasionally he falls off the wagon.

Obama was asked at his news conference about the tobacco legislation he signed on Monday - and led to this not so flattering headline in the New York Times.

"I have said before that as a former smoker, I constantly struggle with it," Obama said. He added that he has "fallen off the wagon" a few times.

But he focused his remarks on the legislation, which he said is meant to help keep younger generations from taking up smoking - something he wishes he had avoided.

"The new law that was put in place is not about me, it's about the next generation," he said.

Obama said he is "95 percent cured" from his addiction and that he does not smoke in front of his kids or his family.

"Am I daily smoker, a constant smoker?" he asked. "No."

jeremy.jacobs@thehill.com

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