Yesterday I was watching an episode of Teen Mom and as if there wasn't enough to shock and awe me in that show, I was completely flabbergasted to see one of the teen's parents smoking a cigarette... right in front of his toddler stepson! Gross!
Living in NYC, I see this more than I wish I did. Women pushing their strollers smoking a cigarette or standing outside a restaurant smoking with their kid standing right next to them. I am totally one of those obnoxious people that takes obvious offense to people blowing their gross cigarette smoke in my direction and when my daughter is around, I have gone so for as to ask smokers to let us pass by them so she doesn't inhale the smoke.
I get that smoking cigarettes is an addiction, but really? In front of your kids? I have no idea if the stars above confine their smoking habits to when they are away from their children, but there's a very good chance they smoke in the houses they share with their kids. And in turn, their kids have to breathe in their secondhand smoke. In the same way I just do not get drinking while pregnant, I will never understand exposing your child to cigarette smoke which has been proven to be harmful to everyone around it.
What do you think? Are you a smoker? Do you do it around your kids or try to keep it away from them? Weigh in with your thoughts on smoking around kids in the comments below.
And while we have your attention, what do you think of moms who do this? It's pretty gross, too!
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