US President Barack Obama has confessed that he constantly struggles giving up smoking and sometimes ''messes up'' by giving into occasional cigarettes.
The popular leader, who has been trying to kick the habit completely, made the revelation at a White House news conference in between talks on health care reform, a new energy policy and a halt to Iranian repression of dissent.
"As a former smoker, I constantly struggle with it," the New York Daily News quoted him as saying.
He added: "Have I fallen off the wagon sometimes? Yes. Am I a daily smoker, a constant smoker? No."
Obama, who recently inked the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act on, further insisted he made it a point not to give in to his “weak moments” in front of his family.
He said: "I don''t do it in front of my kids. I don't do it in front of my family. I would say that I am 95 per cent cured. But there are times ... where I mess up.”