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Not in Front of the Kids, Russell

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The Oscar winner was spotted last week hanging in the park with his kids and taking a smoke break.

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The father of Charles, 4, and Tennyson, 22 months, was taking a walk in Beverly Hills when he was caught on camera playing one moment and smoking the next.  It made us wonder, even though he wasn't right next to his kids when he lit up, could it still affect them?

We asked pediatrician and momlogic contributor Dr. Cara Natterson, who says: "According to the Mayo Clinic, even when parents don't smoke at home or in the car, there can still be negative effects when children are exposed to the tobacco smoke pollution released from the clothing and hair of smoking parents."

She adds that while the smell of the smoke is a known irritant (that can cause coughing or eye irritation), it is really the chemicals in the smoke that cause the biggest problems. Children who don't already have asthma are more likely to develop it when they are in the presence of second-hand smoke, and those who already have asthma are much more likely to have more severe or frequent symptoms including coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.

Hey Russell, momlogic concludes it's time to quit.  It's not good for your health, your kids' health or your looks. (We preach because we love.) 


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4 comments so far | Post a comment now
megan  April 29, 2008, 11:53 AM

at least he left his children to smoke most of family still just smoke in front of the smaller children and they dont care if he doesnt want to quit at least this way he is only hurting himself

Anonymous April 29, 2008, 8:14 PM

once you become a parent it’s no longer “just hurting himself.” If he kills himself with cigarettes, what are his kids supposed to do then? I wouldn’t jump in front of a car because I know it could kill me. He knows the same about his addiction.

Anonymous April 30, 2008, 2:57 AM

I don’t understand how people can be so selfish and smoke infront of their kids! People SHOULD NEVER SMOKE AROUND THEIR KIDS!!!

mozartcellochika07 May 5, 2008, 2:01 PM

i think its nobodys buisness but his. there are worse parents out there and u guys are taking the time to bash on him smoking. its really sad. no parent is perfect, and he isnt smoking around his kids. god if people are going to get owrried about the leftover smoke coming off his cloths, then dont let ur kids play outside. there are worse stuff in our air.


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