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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Jennifer Saunders Can Smoke If She Likes

I'm not a smoker (apart from the odd drag when I'm very drunk) nor have I had cancer (thankfully), but I still feel the need to wade in against the uproar over pictures of Jennifer Saunders 'caught' smoking earlier this week.

Jennifer has never wanted to be publicly defined by a disease that has been and gone (she got the all-clear from cancer in 2010), whether as a cancer-fighting poster girl or otherwise.

So the fact that the cigarette-smoking Ab Fab star has had cancer is completely and utterly besides the point. And yet, despite hopes for discretion and respect, she is still lambasted as a shining example of How Not To Live Your Life After Cancer.

While the pics would no doubt upset some people. It's important to remember that the photographs are paparazzi shots - she didn't Instagram herself with a dog end hanging out of her chops.

This is simply the work of a surly photographer imposing into another celebrity's private life; the photograph was taken on a backstreet while Jennifer was shopping with a friend, she didn't spark up live on stage or television.

Celebrity or otherwise, how Jennifer deals with her post-cancer recovery is her business. And hers alone. I walk past a cancer specialist hospital every morning on my way to work and see people smoking outside.

Whether suffering from cancer themselves or accompanying a loved one, the fact that they are puffing away on a fag outside the hospital front doors does not sit well with me - but then, I find it baffling that people, faced with health warnings and back-breaking price points, continue to smoke at all.

But as long as people are presented with the health information the To-Smoke-Or-Not-To-Smoke dilemma is, frankly, up to them.

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