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Smoking Sasha Obama sparks online storm

Sasha Obama, the daughter of former US President Barack Obama, has found herself in the middle of a social media storm following the circulation of photographs depicting her smoking while out with friends.

The images, widely shared across various social media platforms, captured Sasha dressed in a revealing outfit, while casually holding what appeared to be a cigarette.

The 22-year-old opted for a relaxed look, donning black flip-flops and sporting long braids. She appeared to be makeup-free during her outing in West Hollywood, California.

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This incident is reminiscent of the controversy involving her elder sister, Malia Obama, who was pictured in 2016 with what was suspected to be a cannabis joint.

The incident sparked discussions about the former president’s history of smoking.

Mr Obama openly acknowledged he consumed cannabis during his youth and was part of a group of friends humorously referred to as the “choom gang” during his time in Hawaii.

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Mr Obama disclosed that he began smoking cigarettes as a teenager, and publicly announced quitting in 2010.

This decision was not without challenges, and his wife, Michelle Obama, mentioned in a past interview from February 2011 that he had not smoked in “almost a year.”

She said Obama was determined to set a positive example for their two daughters and inform them that he was no longer a smoker.

In recent years, Mr Obama has been seen using smoking cessation gum as part of his efforts to kick the habit for good.

The emergence of Sasha’s recent photos has ignited a spirited debate online, with netizens sharing a wide range of opinions and views on the matter.

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