Mothers, Put Out Your Cigarettes
Start worrying about your children
Published: Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 16:10
I was driving with my windows down, enjoying the warm fall air early this week, when all of a sudden my nostrils were hit with a pungent smell.
No, it was not the smell of “cow” that typically fills the air of Fargo, nor was I driving past the landfill off of 45th Street. It was another familiar smell.
It was the smell of second-hand smoke.
The individuals in the car in front of me, had their window rolled down and were probably trying to enjoy the beautiful fall weather, just as I was.
I was only slightly irritated by the smell coming from the car, realizing that I would soon be down the road, and would no longer be near this other vehicle or their polluted air.
However, that feeling of irritation quickly turned into anger, when I realized that it was not only two young 20-somethings in the car, but there was also an infant in the back passenger seat.
The mother of this child was smoking with her child just a couple feet away!
I was absolutely outraged.
The other adult in the front seat, who I assume was the infant’s father, was able to make the choice to be subjected to the young woman’s second-hand smoke. As for the helpless child, he or she was not.
I am absolutely disgusted that the mother of this child would be concerned with smoking her cigarette than the health of her own kid.
Clearly she cared enough to put the child in a car-seat; however she did not seem to care enough to protect the young lungs of her offspring.
It is one thing to subject me, an adult, to your unhealthful habit, but to subject a helpless child? That is just downright self-centered.
It is this woman’s right to smoke. That’s fine. But for her to jeopardize the health of your baby, for her own wants and desires?
Grow up. Be a mother.
Put out your cig, and worry about your kid.
Stephanie is a senior majoring in journalism.