Presidents Who Smoke: A Photo History

An unscientific study has proven 61% of all U. S. presidents smoked tobacco or are still smoking it. We have compiled pictures and information from various presidential websites, historical societies and a very helpful article we dug up from an old issue of Cigar Aficionado to discover more presidents than not take part in one of America’s favorite (though fleeting) past times: Smoking.

This shouldn’t come as a suprise. Several presidents of the last century were notorious smokers who lit up constantly in the White House even while regulating tobacco themselves (like Spitzer’s crusade against prostitution,–we’ll get to Clinton in a bit). As the legendary story reveals John F. Kennedy gave orders to Press Secretary Pierre Salinger to round up as many Corona cigars (JFK’s favorite) before signing the Cuban trade embargo. Salinger later reported 1,200 Coronas in his possession. It was not until the Clinton administration when an absolute no-smoking policy was implemented in the White House and Hillary happily removed all the ashtrays from the premises. So where might Barack Obama sneak a smoke? It’s rumored that Willie Nelson fired up on the White House roof when invited to spend a night, though we doubt it was tobacco he was smoking.

The Smokers:

2. John Adams, 1797-1801 A cigar man

4. James Madison, 1809-17 Also a stogie-lover

6. John Quincy Adams, 1825-29 Yet another cigar man

7. Andrew Jackson, 1829-37 Liked a cigar, but more so chewing tobacco

8. Martin Van Buren, 1837-41 All about the pipe

9. William Henry Harrison, 1841 Pipe guy too

10. John Tyler, 1841-45 Cigars

12. Zachary Taylor, 1849-50 Cigars too

17. Andrew Johnson, 1865-69 Liked cigars

18. Ulysses Simpson Grant, 1869-77 Cigar fiend, rumored to smoke 20 stogies a day

Simpson Grant

Ulysses Simpson Grant

21. Chester Alan Arthur, 1881-85 Cigars

22. Grover Cleveland, 1885-89 Chew

23. Benjamin Harrison, 1889-93 Cigar

24. Grover Cleveland, 1893-97 Continued to chew

25. William McKinley, 1897-1901 Obsessive secret smoker of cigars behind closed doors

27. William Howard Taft, 1909-13 At 300 hundred pounds he quit cigar smoking when he reached office, which may have resulted in even further weight gain

29. Warren Gamaliel Harding, 1921-23 Cigars

Warren Gamaliel Harding

Warren Gamaliel Harding

30. Calvin Coolidge, 1923-29 Liked to use cigars as a prop to punctuate political discussions

31. Herbert Clark Hoover, 1929-33 Incessant smoker of high-end cigars

32. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933-45 Finally, a cigarette guy and our first chain smoker president

Franklin Roosevelt smoking

Franklin Delano Roosevelt smoking cigarette

34. Dwight David Eisenhower, 1953-61 Cigarettes

35. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1961-63 Cigars and cigarettes (loved Cubans) and it’s reported Jackie O went through 3 packs of Salems a day

36. Lyndon Baines Johnson, 1963-69 Cigars and the occasional rolled cigarette

37. Richard Milhous Nixon, 1969-74 The occasional cigar

38. Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr , 1974-77 Nonstop pipe smoker

42. William Jefferson Clinton, 1993- 2001 Yeah, you know it

43. George W. Bush, 2001- 2009 There’s no proof of W. smoking but come on, the guy was an alcoholic who must have puffed something, yet with no proof we couldn’t include him in our survey

44. President Elect Barack Obama – Now we all know this guy was and maybe still is a smoker, but that picture passed around the internet was a fake:

Barack Obama smoking

Barack Obama smoking cigarette

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