Actress Sarah Jessica Parker, who recently premiered in her new film “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” is known for her trim figure. But despite being a workout fanatic, she still smokes cigarettes, putting her health at risk.
Young people take up smoking for a lot of reasons, but by the time they are in their mid-20s, many come to their senses and quit.
Parker smoked for several seasons on her hit HBO Show “Sex and the City,” until protests caused her to write it out of the script. But in real life, she’s still addicted.
Husband Matthew Broderick has worried in public what affect it might have on their kids.
In a 2008 interview, he expressed concern that their son might eventually pick up the nicotine habit because of his parents.
“I used to smoke cigarettes, and I still do, lately,” said Broderick. “I gave that up a long time ago, but every now and then I will fall off for a week.”
Broderick says Parker is “worse than me on that.”
And he says their son, James Wilkie is “already curious. He’ll see a cigarette butt and say, ‘What is that? Why do people smoke?’ I can just see the little budding gene of a smoker in there.”
Smoking substantially raises the risk of contracting cancer of the lungs, throat, pancreas and stomach.
Today, more women die from lung cancer than from breast cancer, according to medical authorities.
Hollywood stars often set examples and are viewed as role models, so its always worse when a celebrity smokes, creating an aura that it can’t happen to them.
But in so many cases, it does happen. Actor Michael Douglas is a prime example.
His father, legendary actor Kirk Douglas is 93, and outside of a stroke in his later years, has lived a long robust life.
With longevity genes like that, Michael, 65, probably thought, he too, could look forward to a similar life span.
But he was diagnosed with stage IV throat cancer last year. He blames it on smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol.
Douglas has an 80 percent chance of beating the disease, and recently said he was cancer free after eight weeks of excruciating treatment.
Late actor Patrick Swayze’s wasn’t so lucky. His pancreatic cancer was also tied to a life of cigarette smoking. He died at 57.
Parker has a toned physique that most twenty-somethings would envy, and she works hard to maintain her slender size 0 figure.
She typically runs fives miles at a time and also does yoga and Pilates. In fact, SJP is so disciplined about exercise that she doesn’t need a workout buddy to push her to hit the gym.
But the signs of smoking can already been seen in her face and skin. Cigarettes have been linked to wrinkles and pre-mature aging and yellowing of the skin.
Cancer is a killer no matter how healthy you are. If you smoke nothing else matters, whether it’s eating better or exercising.
And, it can strike at any time. Here’s hoping she finally quits.