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Celebrity Moms Who Smoke: From Katie Holmes to Gwyneth and J-Lo, Secret Smokers that will Shock You (Photos)

Jessica Alba enjoys a cigarette while shopping in Soho with a friend.

My husband recently quit smoking after lighting up for well over half his life.

It was rough going.  So I know (second-hand) how hard it can be to kick the habit.  His main motivating factor was our children.  Our daughter, Violet, is 3 and Henry just turned 1-year-old.  Serge realized that if he quit now Violet will never remember him smoking.  Won’t necessarily even know he was a smoker unless we tell her.  It’s been three months.

My point is, I married a smoker.  So I’m not rounding up these moms who smoke in some effort to shame them.  Is pointing out someone as a smoker a mean thing to do?  I don’t think so but I don’t know.  I just find it fascinating to see how far some celebs go to maintain some sort of “clean” image to the public.  We’ve done moms who smoke lists before here on Babble, but I think a lot of the women on this list will surprise you.  There are some obvious smokers like Uma Thurman who has never really hidden the fact that she lights up and then you have secret smokers like Katie Holmes.  A photo of Suri’s mom holding a cigarette is nearly as rare as spotting Courtney Love without one.

It interests me that many of the moms you’re about to see smoke in front of their kids.  I find it fascinating that they don’t want the public seeing them smoke but they have no problem lighting up in front of the kids when for most people, my husband included, it’s the other way around.  He’d smoke in public but always hid the habit from Violet.  He absolutely never wanted her to see him smoke.

The other thing that struck me after compiling this list is that it seems like everyone smokes.  In fact, after seeing photos of Oscar winners Julia Roberts (lighting up on set with husband Danny Moder), Sandra Bullock (lighting up on set) and new mom Charlize Theron (smoking on the street) I feel compelled to create a list of 20 Moms Who Don’t Smoke. For the record Bullock and Roberts have said they quit.

So click onward and check it out:  20 celeb moms who smoke.

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  • Gwyneth Paltrow 1 of 21
    Gwyneth Paltrow
    I know! I couldn't believe it either. The woman who is so health conscious she can "feel her adrenal cortex being really high" indulges in the occasional cigarette. Paltrow told Elle magazine she'll smoke every now and again when out with her girlfriends.
  • Kate Winslet 2 of 21
    Kate Winslet
    Kate has been snapped smoking a lot. She doesn't try to hide the fact she smokes but this one caught me by surprise. Not sure why, it just did.
  • Kate Hudson 3 of 21
    Kate Hudson
    Hudson doesn't necessarily try to hide her habit, but doesn't appear to like to showcase it either. A quick Google search turns up dozens of photos of Hudson puffing away. As for whether she has quit since the birth of her second son, Bing, who knows? But, considering the amount she smoked before I'm guessing she still smokes but what do I know?
  • Kate Beckinsale 4 of 21
    Kate Beckinsale
    I didn't know this one either but Kate Beckinsale is apparently a long-time smoker. The mother is often seen smoking around her daughter, Lily. In fact, Beckinsale has said the only time she stopped smoking was while pregnant with Lily.
  • Katie Holmes 5 of 21
    Katie Holmes
    I was shocked to learn that Katie Holmes is a smoker. As far as how often she smokes only Katie knows that answer but the actress has been spotted lighting up from time to time.
  • Michelle Williams 6 of 21
    Michelle Williams
    Maybe Holmes and Williams kicked off their habit during their Dawson's Creek days? Although it's been reported on Babble before I was also surprised to learn Williams is a regular smoker.
  • Uma Thurman 7 of 21
    Uma Thurman
    Thurman is another one who doesn't go out of her way to hide her cigarettes from photogs but she's also been known to toss her cigarette once she spots paparazzi. Thurman is pregnant and I recently read in Us Magazine that she told people on the set of Smash that she is jonesing for a smoke.
  • Lily Allen 8 of 21
    Lily Allen
    Lily Allen was spotted smoking while pregnant. There were also reports she quit smoking while pregnant and didn't miss it at all. Only Lily Allen knows the truth.
  • January Jones 9 of 21
    January Jones
    Jones having a smoke while on a break from filming Mad Men. This is not Jones smoking while actually pregnant. However, the actress smoked right up until getting pregnant so whether or not she's stayed away from cigarettes since the birth of her son, Xander, is anyone's guess.
  • Sarah Jessica Parker 10 of 21
    Sarah Jessica Parker
    Parker is rarely spotted with a cigarette, but there is the occasional sighting like this one with her husband Matthew Broderick.
  • Jennifer Lopez 11 of 21
    Jennifer Lopez
    She never ceases to remind us she's just Jenny from the block but for some reason it surprised me to learn that J-Lo is a smoker. She's often spotted puffing cigars and cigarettes.
  • Alyssa Milano 12 of 21
    Alyssa Milano
    I'm willing to bet Milano has stopped smoking since giving birth but by most accounts she was a regular smoker up until getting pregnant although rarely photographed with a cigarette. Who knows whether she continued?
  • Salma Hayek 13 of 21
    Salma Hayek
    Salma Hayek seems to be a fairly regular smoker. She's been spotted lighting up around her daughter and sharing cigarettes with actress friend Penelope Cruz. Cruz does not like to be photographed smoking and was reported to have been smoking while pregnant with her son.
  • Pink 14 of 21
    Pink
    Although she quit while pregnant Pink may have started again. The singer was a regular smoker until pregnancy but hasn't been spotted smoking since the birth of her daughter.
  • Catherine Zeta Jones 15 of 21
    Catherine Zeta Jones
    Zeta Jones has struggled mightily with her long-time habit and couldn't quit even after her husband, actor Michael Douglas, had throat cancer.
  • Katherine Heigl 16 of 21
    Katherine Heigl
    In case you're wondering whether Heigl, a notorious smoker, has quit since adopting her daughter here's an update. She has downgraded to an electronic cigarette which she's smoking in this photo. But, as Heigl told David Letterman she's had a tough time kicking her habit.
  • Nicole Richie 17 of 21
    Nicole Richie
    Richie has a long history of smoking and has been spotted smoking since having kids but is said to have finally quit.
  • Jessica Alba 18 of 21
    Jessica Alba
    Alba was photographed smoking in New York City after the birth of her first daughter, Honor. As to whether she still smokes only Alba knows. She seems to go out of her way to hide the habit from paparazzi but is still snapped puffing away on occasion.
  • Angelina Jolie 19 of 21
    Angelina Jolie
    It should come as no surprise that the former wild child has been spotted smoking since having children (here's another photo of Angie smoking on the set of Mr and Mrs Smith) but is rumored to have quit because several media outlets reported she's upset that Brad Pitt can't seem to kick his habit.
  • Victoria Beckham 20 of 21
    Victoria Beckham
    Although she's been spotted smoking cigars and cigarettes over the years, Victoria has allegedly quit smoking although husband, David, is still a smoker.
  • Gisele Bundchen 21 of 21
    Gisele Bundchen
    I include this photo of Gisele smoking only because I am such a small person that it thrilled me to see that the condescending mom who won't let anyone forget how best her breast is and who won't touch sunscreen with a 10 foot pole is also a smoker. But alas, Gisele managed to kick her habit long before becoming a mother. But, well, I included the photo to show you that even the glorious Gisele isn't perfect. Next time she spouts off about something in order to make you feel even more inferior about your motherhood you can come look at this photo and remember that the gloriously healthy supermodel might still have a little black lung.
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