This belief is what kept me from smoking. I quit the day I found out I was pregnant and never smoked again. I view (for myself) that smoking would make me less of a parent.
1. A parent who can not effectively handle stress without the aid of a drug, will not be able to teach her children to do so
2. A parent who willingly shortens their lifespan, despite being a parent, is placing instant gratification above the needs of her children
3. A parent who smokes knowing the likelihood that her smoking will lead her child to smoke in the future, is putting her addiction above the health of her child.
Now I imagine that some of you will get defensive over this post, and many of you will even make excuses as to how you can smoke and these statements don't apply to you. At the end of the day, it makes no difference how an internet stranger views your decisions. I posted this because it keeps me from smoking, and maybe someone will read it, take it to heart and it will keep them from smoking too.
People who smoke are parents who smoke and all that implies. Why do people feel the need to oversimplify things and throw everything into the good or bad category. Sorry life is not that simple and you are belittling your own intelligence by making generalizations.