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Obama claims he hasn't had a cigarette in 6 years -- or has he?

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Sept. 23, 2013: President Obama gestures as he speaks during a roundtable event sponsored by the Civil Society in New York. (AP)

Perhaps President Obama has kicked the smoking habit -- but he looks to be telling tall tales about how long it's been since his last puff. 

The president was caught on camera Monday telling a U.N. official he hasn't had a cigarette in six years. 

"I hope you quit smoking," Obama told Maina Kiai, on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York. "I haven't had a cigarette probably in six years. That's because I'm scared of my wife." 

Maybe it just felt like six years. According to statements made by his aides and his family, it's been more like three or four. 

The president first admitted in a June 2009 press conference that he snuck a cigarette now and then, though at the time he was trying to quit. 

Then in February 2010, his White House physician reported that the president was still smoking. 

It appears that sometime in early 2010, the president went cold turkey. The White House reported in December 2010 that Obama hadn't had a cigarette in nine months. 

In February 2011, first lady Michelle Obama reported to the public that her husband hadn't had a cigarette in nearly a year. 

If Obama has stuck with it since then, that's roughly three-and-a-half years since the last drag. Not quite six. 

The recording of the hot mic conversation at the U.N. was first captured by CNN.