Your nicotine addiction could harm your son, Cowell warned
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