Obama says quit smoking because he was 'scared of my wife'

NEW YORK Tue Sep 24, 2013 6:34pm IST

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk out from the White House in Washington before their departure to Orlando, Florida August 10, 2013. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/Files

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk out from the White House in Washington before their departure to Orlando, Florida August 10, 2013.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama says he quit smoking for a reason that many husbands can relate to: "I'm scared of my wife."

The president's quip about first lady Michelle Obama was picked up on an open microphone on Monday as he spoke to a U.N. official at an event in New York.

Obama said he had probably not had a cigarette in six years. He is known to chew Nicorette gum to reduce the craving for nicotine.

(Reporting By Steve Holland; Editing by Xavier Briand)

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