The Willpower Debate: Why Can't Obama Quit Smoking?

A doctor explains why some people finding it harder than others to break the nicotine habit

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


President Obama's press conference covered a lot of topics yesterday—including, unexpectedly, his continuing struggle to quit smoking. To help us understand just how hard it is for some people to break their nicotine addiction, we turn to Dr. Richard Hurt, Director of the Mayo Clinic's Nicotine Dependence Center.


Dr. Richard Hurt

Comments [5]


Who cares if Obama smokes or not? Whose business is it other than his own? Stop this nonsense and begin looking at his job performance instead of private business!

Dec. 11 2009 09:14 AM

This is a legitimate and worthwhile conversation. Millions of Americans struggle with tobacco dependence and hunderds of thousands will die this year as a result of their use. That is news!! Many of these people want to stop smoking and cannot. Maybe having an intelligent national conversation about this subject-matter will help others to start thinking, at leat thinking, about changing in a healthy way which, as far as Im concerned, is much more news-worthy and important than what SC Gov M. Sanford has been doing for the past five days.

Jun. 24 2009 09:43 AM
Dave Brubeck

You are not alone Karen.
I have been wondering what has happened to NPR with its radical switch from unbiased well researched news programming to this liberal talk radio format.
They must of had a change in leadership at NPR. The changes over the last couple of years have been devastating.

Jun. 24 2009 09:40 AM
Karen Dodds

Is it too much to ask for intelligent news analysis instead of tabloid style shenanigans?
This morning's dramatic and "in your face" focus on Obama's smoking problem made me feel like I was listening to a ridiculous talk radio show host with an agenda, not a program dedicated to news analysis.

As a long time listener/member, I frequently wonder why Morning Edition was replaced with the Takeaway. Today was the final straw. I guess I'll tune into the FM in the morning.

Jun. 24 2009 09:31 AM

Smoking is legal, even tho where you smoke is restricted. Obama is an adult who is aware of the risks. Leave it, and him, and me- alone.

Jun. 24 2009 09:20 AM

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