Chrissie Swan wept on radio this morning as she revealed she's been smoking while pregnant.
“Over the last year I have taken up a habit I thought I kicked for good years ago, smoking the occasional cigarette, in total secret and never more than five a week," she revealed during the Chrissie and Jane at breakfast on Mix Melbourne.
“I never told the chippy or my friends I'd taken it up again and I'm not sure I ever would have come out of hiding and acknowledged I was addicted, but this week a pap photographer snapped me smoking a cigarette whilst alone in my car and I knew it was only a matter of time before it became public."
If you're not a smoker, your first reaction to her confession was probably horror: how could she do that to her unborn child?
My response, on the other hand, was pity. Because I've been there – I secretly smoked during my pregnancy. It wasn’t just difficult for me to give up smoking when I was pregnant – it was almost impossible. I never dreamed that I would smoke while I was pregnant. But I did.
When I started smoking I hated it. I remember so clearly the smell and the taste of the sulphur, as I used match after match trying to get that damn cigarette lit so that I could look cool. That’s the only reason I smoked, quite honestly – it’s what the cool kids were doing.
This was about 25 years ago. There was a lot of cigarette advertising – not so many anti-smoking campaigns.
But, just like we warn kids today – one cigarette leads to another and before you know it you are in the throes of addiction and it is more insidious than you know.
I smoked all through my teens, although I hid it from my parents – well at least I thought I did but if they have any sense of smell (and they do) they would have known I was a smoker. I didn’t care – I thought I was getting away with it and by that time I was in love with smoking, it was part of who I was.