President Obama says in a new interview that he has not smoked a cigarette since healthcare reform passed in 2010.
In an interview with GQ, Obama was asked how many cigarettes he has smoked since he became president.
“Zero in the last five years,” Obama replied. “I made a promise that once health care passed, I would never have a cigarette again. And I have not.”
Obama said at a press conference in 2009, before healthcare reform passed, that he struggled with smoking.
“As a former smoker, I constantly struggle with it,” he said. “Have I fallen off the wagon sometimes? Yes. Am I a daily smoker, a constant smoker? No.”
In June, there was a speculation about a photo of the president where he was holding something that could have been a pack of cigarettes while talking to Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
The White House later said that he was not holding cigarettes.