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.
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