Taylor Momsen Smoking: A Bad Message?

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Gossip Girl star Taylor Momsen is not a role model.

She's said so herself, claiming it's not why she got into show business. But she does have legions of young fans who look up to her, and may be pushing it here.

The 16-year-old was spotted puffing on a cigarette on the New York City set of the show last week, much to the dismay of some fans and anti-smoking activists.

"She really has an extra responsibility to bear as an actress idolized by little girls," said Patrick Reynolds, director of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free America.

"For her to be smoking sends the wrong message to kids. Evidence has shown us that stars, particularly younger ones, definitely do influence kids to smoke."

Do you agree? Here's the evidence in question ...


REBEL: Taylor Momsen may not have signed up to be a role model, but is she just blatantly rebelling against that fact? Should she quit smoking, or do you not care?

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.


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