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WASHINGTON, D.C.-- A new report shows the number of people who smoke a pack of cigarettes a day has dropped dramatically over the past several decades.

One of those former smokers, the President of the United States, sat down yesterday with 13 News Anchor Regina Mobley.

After discussing the crisis in Japan and education concerns, Mobley asked the President about his efforts to kick the habit.

'Mr. President,we learned earlier that you are now smoke free. Congratulations, a lot of people in Hampton Roads are happy to hear that. How is that coming along and what advice would you give to Americans who are trying to quit?' Mobley asked.

Obama responded,'I was never a heavy smoker, but it was something I got into in college. I think it's a matter of will power and trying whatever works for you.'

The president has been smoke free for about a year now, but according to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 20 percent of adults still smoke. Every year, more than 3400 teenagers smoke their first cigarette.

Obama would not offer specifics on how he quit, but he says there are two little reasons in the White House that keep him smoke-free.

'What really worked was having kids who are getting old enough that they might notice. I never had a cigarette in front of them and I didn't want to have to lie to them if they asked. So, I said let me try whatever worked,' he said.

The CDC says 70 percent of smokers want to quit completely and 45 percent have tried to quit since 2008.

Smoking is the number one cause of preventable death, and the Commander in Chiefsays he has to face the 'Mommy in Chief'.

'It's not not always easy, but it's worth it. Michelle is a lot happier and when momma is happy, everybody is happy,' said the president.

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