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Michelle Obama says her husband has quit smoking

WASHINGTON — President Obama has finally done what millions of fellow Americans are still struggling to achieve — he's given up smoking.

"Yes, he has," his wife, Michelle, said Tuesday at the White House when asked whether he had conquered a nicotine habit that began as a teenager.

"It's been almost a year," she said, offering no details on exactly when or how he quit.

But is the breakup with tobacco final?

Obama, who has one of the world's most stressful jobs, has walked this tobacco road before. He announced in February 2008, during his presidential campaign, that he was quitting smoking — again.

"He's always wanted to stop," Michelle Obama said Tuesday. She said he wants to be able to look daughters Malia, 12, and Sasha, 9, in the eye and deny that he smokes should they ask.

The White House offered no details Tuesday, in keeping with its practice of trying to keep Obama's habit out of the spotlight.

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