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.
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.
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?
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.
Maybe Holmes and Williams kicked off their habit during their Dawson's Creek days? I was surprised to learn Williams is a regular smoker.
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. When Thurman was pregnant and I read in Us Magazine that she told people on the set of Smash that she was jonesing for a smoke.
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.
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 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.
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
Zeta Jones has struggled mightily with her long-time habit and couldn't quit even after her husband, actor Michael Douglas, had throat cancer.
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.
It should come as no surprise that the former wild child has been spotted smoking
since having children, but is rumored to have quit because several media outlets reported she's upset that Brad Pitt can't seem to kick his habit.
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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