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Congress / CONGRESS

Notable Capitol Hill Smokers, Through the Years—PICTURES

June 20, 2012

The Senate's recently updated rules on smoking cap a nearly century-long transition from smoke-filled hallways in the Capitol to today, when the habit is not allowed in the chamber. 

Here's a look at a handful of notable Senate smokers through the years. 

Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., pauses to light a cigar during a session of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on July 30, 1980.(AP Photo/Chick Harrity)

President Kennedy enjoys a smoke as he sits in his seat on Dec. 2, 1961, in Philadelphia to watch the Army-Navy game.(AP Photo)

President Truman taps the shoulder of then-Sen. Lyndon Johnson of Texas, the new Democratic leader of the Senate, as he gives some advice during a visit to the Capitol on Jan. 2, 1953.(AP Photo/John Rooney)

 

President Obama is known to take a few drags on a cigarette while ambling around the White House.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

House Speaker John Boehner is perhaps the highest-profile current member of Congress. Boehner eased antismoking rules put into place by his predecessor, now-Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

 
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