Celebrity Moms Who Smoke: From Katie Holmes to Gwyneth Paltrow

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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. She 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 and new mom Charlize Theron (smoking on the street) I feel compelled to create another list of Moms Who Don’t Smoke. (For the record Bullock and Roberts have said they quit.)

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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. But, as Heigl told David Letterman she’s had a tough time kicking her habit.

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

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

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.



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