Smoking Around Kids

Earth to Mom! Stop Smoking, Especially in Front of Your Kids

Mom Jeanine
July 20, 2011


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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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  • April Yedinak
    July 20, 2011

  • I used to be an occasional smoker (never had addiction issues, I just liked to have a ciggie now and again), but I never smoked around my kids. They didn’t even know I smoked at all until they were older and one of them caught me on the porch one night (when they were supposed to be in bed). I haven’t had one in a long time, but I might someday. I do have one major problem with your non-smoker ‘guess’ at what smokers do in their home- only the most ignorant of people smoke in their home anymore. Every single person I know smokes outside so as not to force secondhand smoke on other household members. Don’t assume that because someone ruins their own health they selfishly ruin everyone else’s for the sake of their ‘addiction’.

  • Stephanie
    July 20, 2011

  • I agree with the previous poster about your assumption that they probably smoke in their home. I did see the Teen Mom episode and that just floored me too.

  • gina
    July 20, 2011

  • Not to sound self righteous, because to each their own, but for me smoking in front of your kids is horribly selfish & sets a terrible example. Smoking should be kept as far away from the little ones as possible. I used to smoke about a half a pack a day before I had my baby. I quit months before I conceived…now I occassionally smoke a couple of cigarettes every few weeks on our poker night. We only indulge with friends who smoke, outside on the porch & definitely not until the baby is fast asleep in his crib.

  • Shari
    July 20, 2011

  • Smoking is just gross….period. Smoking in front of your children is unacceptable….unless of course you don’t care about their little life. I have a relative that smokes “outside” or in the “garage”. Both areas wreak of cigarette smoke. It’s awful. I won’t even allow my son in the garage it’s so bad. Don’t think you are fooling your children. They know. Advice: Get help and kick the habit….not only for your children, but for yourself.

  • M'Lynn
    July 20, 2011

  • I have asthma and always had bronchitis growing up. I get a nasty respiratory infection every time I go home to visit. Everyone in our house smoked. A LOT.

  • Jenni Dunfee
    July 20, 2011

  • My mom’s parents smoked around her and she has had respiratory problems her whole life. Same goes for my husband. So my son has asthma coming from both sides. It’s sad, but I refuse to go visit my husbands family because their house smells so much of cigarette smoke and they even go so far as to smoke around my kids. I will visit with them at our house or out in public. I hate being “the bad guy” but it is my job to protect my children.

    My brother’s wife smoked the entire time she was pregnant. It disturbed me greatly. It has kinda set the tone on how I see her as a parent, and as you might guess, I am not impressed. :(

  • stephanie
    July 22, 2011

  • I shake my head and continue to protect my daughter and our home. My sister who is tryign to quit respectfully accepted a smokless cig from my mom. My mom bought the expensive device for when my sis and her kids visited over a holiday. She knows I don’t allow smoking on my property (in our out). I am strict on smoking. If a person wants to smoke their life away. okay. That is their chioce. But do it on their own property or in an area that is designed for smokers. My cousin smoked through all of her pregnancies. Then she wonders why they get ear infections and respitory problems all the time…….

  • Shera
    March 8, 2012

  • Not a smoker, and I totally understand not wanting anyone to smoke around your kids, neither do I, but come on, asking smokers to let you pass by them so she doesn’t inhale the smoke. That seems a little ridiculous to me! I mean, if someone is smoking outside then that’s their right. Take another route or deal with it. I doubt your precious child will die of cancer from walking near a smoker on occasion.