ABC News' Sunlen Miller Reports: Senator Barack Obama told reporters in St. Louis today that he has fallen off the wagon and smoked cigarettes in the last few months.
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The presumptive Democratic nominee has been open about his smoking past: Once a heavy smoker, he publicly gave up the habit, per his wife’s request, to run for president.
Since quitting, Obama has indicated in the past that he has “fallen off the wagon” but before today was not specific about how recent his smoking was.
“Months,” Obama said of the last time he has smoked. . . . .
“His own history included intermittent cigarette smoking,” David L. Scheiner, M.D. wrote in a letter released to reporters. “He has quit this practice on several occasions and is currently using Nicorette gum with success.”
The release of a scant one-page summary for 21 years of care brought some criticism to the Obama campaign – especially when compared to the thousands of pages of medical records released by McCain.
So let's review:
Pages of medical history released by Barack Obama: 1
Years since last cigarette smoked by John McCain: 28
Years since last cigarette smoked by Barack Obama: 0
Military awards received by John McCain: 17, including the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart and Distinguished Fying Cross
Military awards received by Barack Obama: 0