New mom Hilary Duff was photographed with a cigarette in her hand over the weekend, leaving mommy bloggers and gossip sites gasping and wheezing in response.

A blogger at Crushable wrote:

Yes, it makes me want to crawl into a crib with her new adorable baby son Luca and just cry.

A photo of a grown woman holding a cigarette — nowhere near her baby — makes this woman want to cry? Perhaps she should take up smoking to calm her easily unsettled nerves.

The mommy police were so outraged by Duff’s unforgivable transgression, she was forced to address The Great Cigarette Incident of 2012 on Twitter:

Sheesh. If anything will drive a woman to smoke, it’s the army of Nanny Bloombergs waiting to dissect every action and habit.

Go ahead, Hilary. Smoke ’em if you got ’em.

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