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Is Obama still smoking?


The rising president is being less than transparent about his nicotine habit. That's OK with Michael Kinsley.


A reader thinks I would not be OK with Kinsley's laissez faire outlook. Reader presumes too much. I grew up with smokers and then had smoking in-laws. Saw them all endure unpleasant final days thanks to smoking-related illnesses. When my mother suddenly stopped lighting up, weeks before her death, I knew she was a goner.  Nonetheless, I smoked for a time. Rolled my own even. Quit in 1977. Hardest thing I'd ever done, then or still.

So. I have nothing but sympathy for those who can't shake the habit. Wish they wouldn't, particularly around me and in public places that I visit. Appreciate it if Obama is trying to avoid putting the image of a smoking president before the world.  I wish him the best with his Nicorette.

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