Obama's "Habit": Washington Post, 28 Feb 10:
"U.S. President Barack Obama is in overall 'excellent health' but still struggles with a smoking habit… Obama uses a ‘nicotine replacement therapy‘ … Last June, when asked if he still smoked cigarettes, Obama said he was '95 percent cured' but added 'there are times when I mess up.'" So . . . why can't the President "just say no"? Are there drug-free treatment advocates who would criticize the President for resorting to "replacement therapy" - not even "substituting one drug for another," but merely the route of administration? Would anyone suggest Obama is a weak man, lacks willpower, or has a "psychiatric illness"? Or that he's lying when her says he wants to quit, and is really driven by sheer hedonism and refusal to give up some great joy he derives from smoking? And whatever leads to acceptance and understanding of Obama's "struggle," why is there so much vitriolic condemnation of "substitution" treatment (with methadone, buprenorphine, slow-release morphine etc.) in the management of opiate dependence?