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Former smoker President Obama ripped tobacco companies today on “Great American Smokeout Day.”

Obama, who kicked his smoking habit to the curb this year, slammed tobacco companies in a video on the White House website for attempting to ban new graphic warning labels required on cigarette packages.

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“Today some big tobacco companies are trying to block these labels because they don’t want to be honest about the consequences of using their products,” said Obama

In the spot, the President congratulates everyone taking part in Thursday’s 36th annual Great American Smokeout, a day on which the American Cancer Society encourages smokers to quit smoking.

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