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Secondhand Simon? New photos of the X Factor judge show him lighting up after leaving St. Martin’s Theatre in London. The only problem? Simon is sitting right next to his pregnant girlfriend, Lauren Silverman.

Smoking around pregnant women is, obviously, a big no-no from a health point of view. As many a medical professional has taken to the internet to explain to Simon, smoking around Lauren, who is five months along, increases the risks of their baby boy developing congential abnormalities.

See the photos of Simon Cowell smoking next to Lauren Silverman.

“Tobacco smoke is toxic and can harm the unborn child,” says Amanda Sandford, research manager for health charity Action on Smoking and Health, “so it’s really important that pregnant women avoid breathing in tobacco smoke, whether through active or passive smoking.”

It’s not the first time the famous fan of nicotine has been spotted puffing in Lauren’s general area. As The Daily Mirror reports, Cowell was seen with cig in hand during a recent dinner out in New York and over the weekend during a walk in Beverly Hills. Simon’s yet to comment on the latest photos of him and Lauren sitting in the back of a car, window down.

“I equate smoking with having a good time,” he once explained. “I shouldn’t be saying this but, well, they’re not illegal, are they? After sex — amazing.”

Clearly, Simon’s smoked a cigarette around Lauren before. What do you think of the situation? Sound off in the comments below.

Source: The Daily Mirror


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