Credit: Splash News Online Photo: Cheryl Burke Takes a Smoking Break in Dallas, September 11, 2012 - Splash News Online

It’s a free country and there’s no law against smoking — at least, not in certain places — but it just surprises us a little bit when we see a photo of a Dancing With the Stars pro with a cigarette.

They are our beacons of good health and fitness — in and out of the ballroom. They often do workout videos, give interviews about eating right and help whip celebrities into fighting shape. Every time we see them out and about, we suck in our guts a little bit and wish we were that  toned.

We have no idea how many DWTS pros may be smokers (not to mention the celebs they train) but it just stopped us for a minute when we recently saw photos of Cheryl Burke smoking — not to mention the TMZ shot of Peta Mugatroyd holding a cig while dancing with Maksim Chmerkovskiy. That old TMZ shot was used as proof that the two were dating, but it was the cigarette that really surprised us. And then there was the fight between Mark Ballas and his girlfriend over the fact that he hadn't quit smoking yet.

DWTS is stressful and super-competitive, so maybe they smoke to relieve tension or help keep the pounds off. Who knows. Does it surprise or disappoint you to see some DWTS pros smoke — since they have become role models for healthy living — or is it their business and what does it matter to anyone else if they smoke (or drink a lot?) as long as they do a good job as teachers/choreographers/performers?

Dancing With the Stars Season 15: All-Stars will premiere on Monday, September 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC. Check out the full All-Stars cast list here.

Sources: Daily Mail, TMZ

Gina Carbone is a contributing writer at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @ginacarbone.

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