During an event on stopping drug addiction, President Obama made a rare reference to one of his own past habits: Smoking.

“Think about smoking,” Obama said Wednesday — “and I can say this as an ex-smoker who still chews on Nicorette.”

As the crowd in Charleston, W. Va., chuckled, Obama said the nicotine replacement chewing gum is “expensive, but I can afford it.”

Obama also told the crowd the best way to stop smoking is not to start in the first place.

“And Nicorette is — or nicotine is — as addictive as any of the drugs we’re talking about,” the president said.

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