Your ni­co­tine ad­dic­tion could harm your son, Cow­ell warned

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SI­MON Cow­ell is rarely pho­tographed at his preg­nant girl­friend’s side with­out a cig­a­rette in his hand.

And now health cam­paign­ers are speak­ing out to warn him of the dam­age he could be caus­ing to his un­born son.

Photographs of The X Fac­tor mogul light­ing up in the com­pany of Lauren Sil­ver­man have prompted Ac­tion on Smok­ing and Health (ASH) to is­sue a warn­ing about the dan­gers of pas­sive smok­ing.

The char­ity’s re­search man­ager, Amanda Sand­ford, said: “To­bacco smoke is toxic and can harm the un­born child, so it’s re­ally im­por­tant preg­nant women avoid breath­ing in to­bacco smoke, whether through ac­tive or pas­sive smok­ing.

“Stud­ies show ba­bies born to women who were ex­posed to sec­ond­hand smoke dur­ing preg­nancy are at greater risk of hav­ing a low birth weight, con­gen­i­tal ab­nor­mal­i­ties and are also at in­creased risk of dy­ing shortly af­ter birth.”

Last month, Cow­ell was spot­ted smok­ing as he dined with his 36-year-old girl­friend – who is five months preg­nant – in New York. He was smok­ing again at the weekend as they strolled to­gether in Bev­erly Hills. The 54-year-old pop man­ager is a self-con­fessed ni­co­tine ad­dict and once ad­mit­ted he started smok­ing at the age of eight.

Ear­lier this year, he tried to kick his 40- a- day habit by switch­ing to smoke­less elec­tric cig­a­rettes but he was soon back on his beloved men­thols, say­ing: “I equate smok­ing with hav­ing a good time. I shouldn’t be say­ing this but, well, they’re not il­le­gal, are they?”

He re­cently said he felt he would be a good fa­ther.

“I’m not bril­liant with ba­bies,” he said. “I never know what to do.

“But (once the child is older) I think I’ll be a good dad in terms of ad­vice. And then I’ll get to do all the things I want to do, like go to Dis­ney­land or Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios, teach him how to drive – I love all that.”

How­ever, he would “100 per­cent ab­so­lutely not” change nap­pies. – Daily Mail

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