ABC News’ Sunlen Miller Reports: Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama admits he’s bummed cigarettes a couple times on the campaign trail since publicly kicking his habit at the launch of his presidential run.
"I figure, seeing as I’m running for president, I need to cut myself a little slack," he told Men’s Health in an interview for their November issue.
Obama originally cut his smoking habit at the request of his wife who pushed him to quit while launching his presidential campaign early last year.
In recent months, Obama has admitted to the fact that the rigors of the campaign trail have caused him to smoke a few times.
"I fell off the wagon a couple times during the course of it, and then was able to get back on," he told Chris Matthews in May, "But it is a struggle like everything else."
In June he told reporters in St Louis that it had been "months" since he had last smoked.
Over the summer, Men’s Fitness ranked the Illinois Democrat with Olympic athletes as one of the top 25 fittest men.
According to health reports released in late May, Obama’s Dr. David L Scheiner MD, deemed him in "excellent" health – and had kicked his smoking habit with success.
"His own history included intermittent cigarette smoking," Scheiner wrote in a health report released to reporters, "He has quit this practice on several occasions and is currently using Nicorette gum with success."
Or intermittent success?