Taylor Momsen Will Show Everyone How Cool Smoking Is Whether We Like It Or Not

Man, the Surgeon General is not gonna be happy with Taylor Momsen. The 16-year-old Gossip Girl hellion has taken a lot of heat for her cigarette habit because a) well, she’s 16 and b) a lot of kids even younger than her look up to her. But as far as Momsen is concerned, it’s, like, totally not her concern if her fans take after her and pick up her nasty and potentially lethal habit—and anyone who doesn’t agree can put that in their pipe and smoke it. The actress/rocker recently took time out between puffs to explain to Parade magazine,

“I smoke, so what? Why do people give a sh*t what a 16-year-old girl who they’ve never met does? It’s not like I’m sitting there going, ‘Kids, you should go buy a pack of cigarettes.’ When I walk outside with a cigarette and someone takes a picture of it and puts it on the Internet, its not my problem. I’m just living my life and I’m not gonna live my life for other people.”

Great, Taylor—it’s your life, and you live it as you see fit—even if the way you see fit might shorten that life considerably. 

Besides, there is one benefit to Momsen’s tobacco habit: As long as she has a cigarette in her mouth, it’s  much less likely that she’s talking. Or singing.