Leading by Example: Obama Kicks the Habit
That old contradictory adage, "Do as I say, not as I do," doesn't cut it when it comes to helping people stop smoking. In 2009 President Barack Obama signed into law anti-smoking legislation aimed at keeping young Americans from the grip of nicotine. Yet the young president was himself lighting up. Tsk, tsk.
However, it turns out that health reform has not been reserved merely for legislative haggling under this administration. Obama has done some self-health reformation as well, and now he's "leading by example." He has given up cigarettes, according to the first lady. Speaking on NBC's "Today" show today, Michelle Obama duly noted that her husband has been "on the wagon" in the nicotine sense for about a year.
Will the president's example help other Americans kick the habit? One can only hope. Certainly there is a vital, overarching message healthcare providers should take from his effort: "Practice what you preach." That is one adage we should all cast a vote for.