Savannah - posted on 06/17/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )
This may make some people mad but it also upsets me as well. I used to smoke, so I can totally commiserate with a smoker. However, when I found out I was pregnant I quit immediately and haven't started back up.
So it makes me very angry when I see a woman smoking while she's pregnant or breastfeeding, and especially around kids. This includes men, too, or anyone smoking around children.
My mother smoked with both me and my sister and we were both born very premature. I ended up okay, luckily, but my mom also smoked around us. My sister is almost 24 and she has a chronic cough and can't tolerate even dust now.
When I see anyone smoking around a child it makes me very angry because everyone knows the risks of smoking. As smokers, we accept that risk and decide that it is acceptable. But what on earth gives us the right to make that choice for our children? They never chose to have Cancer. How dare we decide for them that it is ok when we all know that secondhand smoke us more harmful than firsthand? I think it's child abuse.