Ex-smoker Obama still sneaks occasional puff戒了菸的歐巴瑪偶爾仍會偷抽菸

U.S. President Barack Obama may have just made life more difficult for cigarette makers, but he is not above confessing that he constantly struggles giving up smoking, and sneaking a smoke every now and again.


Obama, who has been trying to give up smoking completely, made the revelation after signing a law this week that will likely set tough new rules for the tobacco industry. The popular leader said he still hasn’t completely kicked the habit.


"As a former smoker I constantly struggle with it. Have I fallen off the wagon sometimes? Yes. Am I a daily smoker, a constant smoker? No," Obama said at a news conference.


"I would say that I am 95 percent cured, but there are times where I mess up," he said.


Obama said he took up the habit before his 18th birthday. "Once you go down this path it’s something you continually struggle with, which is precisely why the legislation we signed is so important because what we don’t want is kids going down that path in the first place," he said.



every now and again:片語,偶爾。例句:We would have dinner together every now and again.(我們偶爾會一起吃飯。)

fall off the wagon:片語,恢復某種極力克制的成癮習慣(如抽菸、喝酒、毒品等)。例句:He has quit drinking for 2 years but fell off the wagon after learning his wife still want a divorce.(他已經戒酒兩年了,但是得知他太太仍想離婚後,又再喝酒。)

take up:片語,開始、養成(習慣、興趣)。例句:I took up mountaineering in my 20’s.(我20多歲時養成爬山的興趣。)

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