July 14, 2010 by admncc
I had lunch with an expectant mother yesterday. And I told her the same thing that I tell all new parents – it’s amazing the different things you’ll notice when you become a parent. It’s true.
And smokers are just one example. Anyone who has ever read this blog knows that I’m not a big fan of smoking. My mother smoked while she was pregnant with me. As a result, I was born two months early and have despised smoking since I was old enough to know what happened.
But going back to my original thought, after having our daughter, I began to get upset when I’d be driving and would see an adult smoking while they had a child (or even a child in a car seat) in the car. Now, I know some people will read this and say that (when I see that stuff) it’s none of my business. But when an innocent child or a baby (who can’t even speak yet) is subjected to second-hand smoke, maybe I’m making it my business.
The-below picture outlines the ingredients in cigarettes. It makes them sound pretty harmful, doesn’t it?
Picture courtesy of QuitSmoking Website
Based on my own personal birth situation, obviously one thing that upsets me is pregnant woman smoking. I see it all the time and just shake my head. But I’m not the only one who thinks this. One of the best examples of someone receiving public backlash over smoking while pregnant is the story of Mellisa Williamson from Roanoke, VA. The below-famous picture shows Williamson smoking while The Roanoke Times story has the byline of “Mellisa Williamson, 35, a Bullitt Avenue resident, worries about the effect on her unborn child from the sound of jackhammers.” This lady got smeared afterwards. It made the news, it made Jay Leno, it made Howard Stern, people were posting her phone number and address on the Internet, etc. And maybe the ridiculing occurred rightfully so; as she clearly embarrassed herself.
My mother once told me that she didn’t want to quit smoking. I agree that someone can’t be forced to quit. So if you’re a smoker, nobody is throwing rocks at you here. All I’m saying is that when children are involved, I think people need to have more common sense. See below for case and point.
Picture courtesy of The GinBlog