Hello and welcome to today’s edition of A Slice Of Soap. No smoke without fire, so they say and this story is both. Apparently Coronation Street actress Alison King, aka Carla Connor, has been ordered to smoke a cigarette in a scene with Deirdre despite being pregnant in real life…can you believe it?
The Press Association reports that the stunned star, who is pregnant in real life, has been ordered to start smoking again by soap bosses. In a controversial storyline, her bitchy character Carla Connor lights up because she is so stressed-out. When Alison King learned she was pregnant, she immediately jacked the fags in. She’s been told that she will be provided with herbal cigs for the scenes. But surely that’s not much of a comfort to a pregnant woman?
A source said: "She isn’t best pleased. It was hard enough for her to give up in real life. "And even inhaling smoke from herbal tobacco surely can’t be a good thing for a mum-to-be." Dr John Moore-Gillon, of the British Lung Federation, says: "If you’re smoking herbal cigarettes, all you’re doing is substituting the burning leaves of one sort of plant for another."
I think the scriptwriters are being downright irresponsible if this report is true. How can you ask a pregnant woman to smoke? Why have Alison King endanger the life of her unborn child just for the sake of a soap scene and TV ratings? This is terrible and sends out a bad message to young pregnant mothers. The scriptwriters have really got to be a lot more responsible – again I say, if this story is true. Still, I suppose Coronation Street has made some efforts with the Sinbad/Jerry poisoning storyline because at least there’s constant talk of his ‘healthy’ diet…it’s just a shame that he won’t live long enough to fully benefit from it if Teresa has her way…
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