Obama has been criticized for smoking because his wife promotes living a healthy lifestyle. Apparently, the President has announced that he hasn't smoked in years thanks to his fear of the first lady, Michelle Obama.

Obama made the announcement in causal conversation when he was caught chatting off-guard with a UN official on Monday and unwittingly recorded by a CNN microphone, said he hoped the official had quit smoking.

After the official appeared to ask Obama about his own cigarette use, Obama said he hadn't had a cigarette in probably six years.

The Guardian reports that Obama added, with a broad grin: "That's because I'm scared of my wife."