Taylor Momsen, 16, Slammed for Smoking


Where there's smoke, there's fire.

Taylor Momsen, 16, was spotted huffing away on a cigarette on the New York City set of Gossip Girl Wednesday — much to the chagrin of an anti-smoking activist.

"She really has an extra responsibility to bear as an actress idolized by little girls out there," Patrick Reynolds, the director of  the Foundation for a Smoke-Free America, tells UsMagazine.com. "For her to be smoking sends the wrong message to kids. Evidence shows that stars do influence kids to smoke."

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Not that Momsen cares too much about what her young fans may think of her.

When asked about being a role model, she told the UK Times, "To be honest, I don't f–king care. I didn't get into this to be a role model. So I'm sorry if I'm influencing your kids in a way that you don't like, but I can't be responsible for their actions. I don't care.

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"Honestly, if I'd have ended up as Hannah Montana, I don't know if the show would have gone as well. I probably would have told them all to go f–k themselves by the time I hit 11. And I don't know how that would have gone down. It's great for Miley, but I really like where I am right now and I feel really fortunate to be able to really be myself," she added.

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