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How do you feel about parents who smoke around their kids?

Posted by on Jun. 2, 2015 at 11:04 AM
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Social Workers Take Custody of 2-Year-Old Over Parents' Smoking Habit

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A toddler was taken from his parents due to the levels of cigarette smoke in their home. Which may sound extreme, but wait 'til you hear how much smoke we're talking about!

Health official Julie Allen in East Yorkshire, England claimed she hadn't seen such a "visible cloud of smoke" inside a home in her entire 10-year career. Meanwhile, the 2-year-old boy was struggling to breathe, and needed an inhaler.

What's more, when two separate health officials voiced their concerns to the parents, they didn't seem to care, or appreciate the gravity of the situation. Discussions are afoot to place the boy up for adoption.

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As a mom whose husband smokes -- in spite of me ranting for years that he should stop -- I understand that smoking is hard to quit. So, I'm not about to say that parents should just stop smoking already, as if that's easy to do, because it isn't.

Still, though: What parent could watch their child struggling to breath in a cloud of smoke, and not decide "Hmm, maybe I should pop outside for a puff rather than blow it right in his face"? It's less the smoking that bothers me than the disregard these parents seem to have for the health of their kid.

It's a fact: Second-hand smoke leads to lung cancer, heart disease, and other health problems that kill about 3,000 non-smokers per year. And kids are particularly vulnerable since their lungs are still developing.

While all parents have a responsibility to monitor the health of their kids, I think smoking parents should be particularly vigilant. Think about it: If you were a parent who, say, works with asbestos and might bring it home on your clothes, you'd take added precautions (in terms of showers and laundry) to keep your kids from being exposed, right?

And smokers need to be especially careful, since if you're working with asbestos at least, that occurs outside your home. Smokers, on the other hand, are puffing away at home -- maybe even indoors. Smokers even have the option of going outside, so if they don't, I just have a hard time accepting that.

I sure hope this poor toddler starts breathing easier soon ... and that his story convinces at least a few smoking parents to rethink their habits.

How do you feel about parents who smoke around their kids?

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SommelierMom
by Sapphire Member on Jun. 2, 2015 at 11:05 AM
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I think they're filthy and selfish.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Jun. 2, 2015 at 11:06 AM

Purely selfish. There is absolutely no reason to expose a child to toxins and chemicals that way.

Seagodess
by Emerald Member on Jun. 2, 2015 at 11:07 AM
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I think they are selfish. They should put their kids health before their nasty habit.

I grew up in a smoke filled home and didn't think anything of it until I was no longer in it and knew what fresh air smelled like. Now I cant stand the smell of smoke.

couture-mommy
by 8.21.1831 on Jun. 2, 2015 at 11:07 AM
It's disgusting.
owl0210
by Sapphire Member on Jun. 2, 2015 at 11:07 AM
It's gross.
lollip0p
by Ruby Member on Jun. 2, 2015 at 11:11 AM
There's no reason other than pure laziness to not go outside away from your kid if you want to smoke.
Danesmommy1
by Grammar Enthusiast on Jun. 2, 2015 at 11:12 AM
Before I quit, I'd smoke outside. Parents who smoke shouldn't do it in the house or the car when a child is around.
Flyingblind5
by Bronze Member on Jun. 2, 2015 at 11:13 AM
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Smoking in your home 24/7 is BY FAR way different than being a smoker that is conscientious of others. I am a smoker but I have NEVER smoked in my home and I am very (I feel) aware of who I am around before lighting up. I always find the designated smoking area and go as far away from others as I can. It is a terrible addiction that is very hard to quit but that does not exuse any one from putting a little one in harms away. My kids are teens so they are quite capable of walking away and speaking up...this little one is not. With that said however; I do have issues with the government getting OVERLY involved in the private lives of families. Yes, these parents needed a wake up call but to remove the child forever and place him up for adoption does seem appropriate.

Mom2Jake08
by Platinum Member on Jun. 2, 2015 at 11:13 AM
Gross.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Jun. 2, 2015 at 11:13 AM

sorry but i can't stand them. i have a gf like that. she got mad at her dil because she wouldn't let her hold the baby( spent two weeks in the hospital). sorry but i wouldn't let you either. her cigarettes are strong smelling and she stinks. you can smell it on her clothes. she got upset with me when i made her move off our deck the other day because of my grandson, and my youngest daughter.you don't need to be around babies, kids, are even adults that have breathing/asthma problems.

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