In the current anti-smoking mood in the United States where having a cigarette is banned just about everywhere that is public, how big of a deal is it if the president of the United States lights up once in a while? AUSTRALIA-BUDGET/

The question puffed up on Sunday when President Barack Obama’s routine medical exam showed he was in good health but still struggling with the habit that last June he said was “95 percent cured.”

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Obama continues to chew nicotine gum and has quit smoking but  occasionally falls off the wagon “like many who have struggled with kicking that habit. ”

Was it more difficult to quit because this was probably his most stressful year? “I can’t imagine that that helps,” Gibbs replied.  Obama “continues to both work hard at it as well as struggle with it probably each and every day,” he said.

But there were no additional details like where does Obama get the cigarettes? (Think about it, he can’t just walk down to the nearest corner shop to buy a pack secretly).  “I don’t smoke, so I don’t know the answer to that,” Gibbs said.