Oh, that’s classy

smoking-pregnant I know I shouldn’t judge others, but it’s bad enough smoking around infants, but smoking when you’re pregnant? I thought people had stopped doing that ages ago… I suppose the CNE attracts dregs of society, but I’d have thought that people who can’t control their smoking even during pregnancy would at least try and hide it in some sort of shame, rather than flaunting it so publicly. We also saw someone with a nearly naked newborn getting badly sunburned in the brutal heat of the afternoon, soemthing that with the wrong sort of luck could have fatal repercussions…

In classier news, this customized Jeep Scrambler belongs to someone that works for the TTC at Dundas West station… I suspect it’s still a work in progress. Pretty interesting although not really what I’m into, and not the sort of work you normally see on a Jeep.

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22 Comments

  1. talby wrote:

    She has a stroller, and the baby inside looks awfully young- so I’m guessing she’s just fat.

    Saturday, September 5, 2009 at 8:31 pm | Permalink
  2. Pademelon wrote:

    It’s unfortunately pretty common here for women to smoke and/or drink while pregnant. By drink, I don’t mean the sanctioned occasional glass of wine but drink after drink after drink multiple times a week, if not daily. I also try not to judge but am, nonetheless, horrified by both. And further horrified by the same thing you noted, to see women who aren’t even attempting to hide it or show other signs of shame but appear to be totally at ease with it, as if they aren’t actively doing harm. I know a woman in her FIFTH pregnancy going through 2 750ml bottles of vodka a week and at least half a pack of smokes a day. She’s liable to take the head off anyone who dares suggest she’s not concerned for her child’s welfare (even though her 4 previous children all have various physical/mental defects). She’s my husband’s coworker’s wife rather than a friend so luckily I don’t see her very often. I’m EXTREMELY “live and let live” but I have the hardest time not saying anything to her about it.

    Saturday, September 5, 2009 at 9:53 pm | Permalink
  3. Singer wrote:

    that is one confused car

    Sunday, September 6, 2009 at 12:04 am | Permalink
  4. Ania wrote:

    smokers are one of my pet peeves and I really hate how selfish they tend to be – one thing is to poison their own bodies but sth entirely different to poison everyone around only cuz they wanna smoke.

    Sunday, September 6, 2009 at 3:26 am | Permalink
  5. DON wrote:

    Recent campaigns over here to educate mothers to the health risks of smoking while pregnant (and around young children) have gone a long way towards making it less socially acceptable to be seen doing it – at least in public. In fact pretty much the only people who do it openly now are the sort of people who don’t give a toss about showing socially acceptable behaviour of any description.

    Sunday, September 6, 2009 at 5:00 am | Permalink
  6. Twwly wrote:

    Puffing away over a stroller. Fuck her.

    Sunday, September 6, 2009 at 5:51 am | Permalink
  7. Shannon wrote:

    She left when she was done her cigarette and I didn’t see her get back, so I *think* the baby was not hers, but a friend’s… But I’m not sure. Neither option is OK though, whether it’s smoking while pregnant or smoking next to a newborn.

    Sunday, September 6, 2009 at 6:01 am | Permalink
  8. Joan wrote:

    she actually had the friends newborn in her hand when she lit her smoke then the friends husband took the baby and stood next to her while she smoked..I really don’t think it was hers, plus she kept doing the pregnant mom belly rub to herself as if the baby was moving..Lack of oxygen making it upset perhaps?
    It was after the guy took the baby that I pointed it out to you Shannon

    Sunday, September 6, 2009 at 6:22 am | Permalink
  9. smoking around kids born or unborn. Shame.

    That’s not a’scrambler’ some kind of mutant Willys cj-2 or 3.
    The four bolt lug pattern isn’t even standard jeep. all jeeps were at least a five bolt pattern.

    Sunday, September 6, 2009 at 6:56 am | Permalink
  10. Jaden wrote:

    A close friend of mine was a smoker. She got pregnant and the doctor actually told her it would be worse for the baby if she quit, than if she just cut back.

    Sunday, September 6, 2009 at 12:51 pm | Permalink
  11. MissJanet wrote:

    A former friend of mine wanted to breastfeed her newborn son. The doctor asked her if she didn’t harm him enough with her 40+cigarette use during pregnancy. The poor boy went through a horrible detox process right after birth, still suffers from low weight, is retarded in almost every way. Poor baby.

    Sunday, September 6, 2009 at 2:41 pm | Permalink
  12. Joan wrote:

    what bothered me was just the fact that she was holding a newborn as she lit up her cigarette. I have had great friends that discovered they were pregnant while smoking and told to just cut back as much as possible but every one of them never smoked around their babies.

    Sunday, September 6, 2009 at 3:01 pm | Permalink
  13. Trigger wrote:

    That does look like she is preggers due to all the weight being in front and low….if so..yeah..that’s pretty horrible. As for smoking around an infant..equally bad.

    However, as a smoker..I have to mention one thing that bothers me. I have encountered several occasions where I have been rudely snipped at by parents with young children while smoking. Understandable most situations..however, it’s always at a resturant. I am seated in a smoking section and so are the parents with thier infants. In those situations, I try to keep it down to aminimun…but when they do the fake cough and start passivley complaining…a part of me can’t help but light up another. Yes, it’s not nice at all for me to do…but to be fair…I’m not the one with an infant sitting in a smoking section….

    sorry…a bit off topic…but that scenario annoys me to no end….no matter how disgusting it makes me for smoking where I’m completely allowed to…that being said…I tend to not smoke once said family is seated directly by me (when I notice it).

    Sunday, September 6, 2009 at 7:44 pm | Permalink
  14. Andrew wrote:

    That’s disgusting and unfortunately an all too common sight around here.

    Monday, September 7, 2009 at 2:31 am | Permalink
  15. Caitlin wrote:

    No one is allowed to smoke in restaurants or bars (or anywhere indoors it seems) these days in Canada and for that we are all grateful. Except all smokers take it outside and one finds oneself in a cigarette smoke slipstream and that sucks too. I refuse to go into restaurants or bars that have a group of people smoking directly outside the door because I don’t want to walk that gauntlet. UGH. I read in Toronto Life magazine that smoking has been banned from playgrounds and wading pool areas, so that’s a start.

    I look forward to the day when people are only allowed to smoke in their own homes…

    Monday, September 7, 2009 at 3:43 pm | Permalink
  16. Melanie wrote:

    Not really surprising, unfortunately. My mother smoked through her pregnancy with me and continued to afterward. Dad smoked too.

    Monday, September 7, 2009 at 6:03 pm | Permalink
  17. Jilary wrote:

    Outside the Toronto Zoo, my son, who was maybe 5 or 6 at the time, scolded a woman for lighting up right next to a woman who was breast-feeding her infant. I was rather proud of him for standing up for the infant, and as the smoker walked away, the mother turned and thanked my son. I even get upset when I see people smoking in their cars with the windows closed and pets trapped inside. What you choose to do to yourself is one thing, but don’t force it upon any defenseless being around you.

    – Spoken by an x-smoker.

    Monday, September 7, 2009 at 8:01 pm | Permalink
  18. Rosemary wrote:

    I work at a public hospital in Australia and I can guarantee you that before and after each shift I will walk past at least 2 smoking parents who are pregnant or have strollers and young children. When I first started working there I was really taken aback and judgemental, but unfortunately I have become used to such a common sight.

    Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Permalink
  19. estrojenn wrote:

    are you sure that isn’t just a beer belly? bad joke.

    my mom smoked like a chimney when she was pregnant with me. when i google the various long term risks that arise when a fetus is exposed to cigarette smoke like that, along with newer and more recent research about how it affects you in adult hood…its bad news, and i believe a lot of health things i suffer with came from the cigarette smoke i was exposed to as a fetus and child.

    a dear friend of mine lost a baby brother to SIDS. he is 100% convinced that was because of the insane amount of cigarettes his mother smoked during pregnancy and throughout infancy.

    i still don’t know why people don’t need to take classes when they get pregnant. biggest and most important job on the planet, and anyone who is fertile is allowed to do it.

    Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 5:49 pm | Permalink
  20. Jen wrote:

    My sister smoked heavily (25+ a day) all the way through both her pregnancies. She tried to justify it by saying that her midwife said it was okay, as giving up and withdrawals would be “too stressful” (though how anyone who doesn’t work and is given £800 a month in benefits with no bills to pay can be stressed is beyond me). Her eldest child now has lung problems which were made worse by the fact she didn’t have him immunised and he caught Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib).
    How anyone can do that is beyond me. You’re putting addictive chemicals into your body that are having an affect on the fetus in you.

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 2:25 am | Permalink
  21. Elizabeth wrote:

    My Mother smoked 3 packs of Marlboro reds a day throughout her pregnancy and took massive doses of acid until her 6th month at least. I turned out just fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine. :\

    I quit altogether but started back almost as soon as my womb was empty. Going to an acumpuncturist Saturday in the hopes of help with smoking addiction.

    Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 7:15 am | Permalink
  22. dox wrote:

    re: the jeep

    it is a jeepney by the looks of it, least theyre trying to transform it into one. the philipino flag would be the give away. after the war americans left jeeps in the philippines and they transformed them into public transport, now they try n bling them out as much as possible

    Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

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Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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