Smoking in the White House

Photo-illustration by Joseph Becker for TIME; Ashtray: Getty; Cigarette: Getty; Seal: Brooks Kraft / Corbis; Hayes: Getty; Stamp: iStock

Nearly half of U.S. presidents have had a nicotine habit, from cigarettes to pipes to stogies.

Barack Obama has quit smoking. Mostly. As he told Tom Brokaw in a Dec. 7 Meet the Press interview, he has "fallen off the wagon" occasionally. Oh, all right: When pressed, Obama said he'd "done a terrific job under the circumstances" of keeping up a healthy lifestyle. He has vowed not to break the current White House ban on smoking, but if Obama takes his nicotine addiction with him to the Oval Office, he'll have distinguished (if smelly) company.

According to Cigar Aficionado, nearly half of all U.S. Presidents smoked. Ulysses S. Grant never shook the cigar habit he picked up...

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