'Teen Mom' Confesses a Filthy Habit MTV Never Showed

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Leah Messer CalvertReady for some good news from the world of Teen Mom 2? Leah Messer Calvert has quit smoking! Yup, the mother of three says she's officially tobacco-free as of this week, and she couldn't be happier. 

We're pleased as punch that the young mom has kicked the cancer sticks, but we have to admit we're a little confused. Why didn't we know Leah smoked? She's the star of a reality show that supposedly showed us her life -- warts and all. Did MTV edit out Leah puffing away on those ciggies?

It's entirely possible.

Leah is not the only Teen Mom with a smoking problem; when I watched Couples Therapy last season, I noted with surprise that Catelynn Lowell was a smoker.

I couldn't recall seeing her smoke on Teen Mom either, and when I asked some other fans of the show to test their memories, none could recall seeing either Catelynn or Leah light up onscreen.

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Now, one could say MTV is just trying to prevent kids from being enticed to smoke at the sight of cigarettes on TV. Study after study has shown that's bad for kids.

Laudable, but odd when you consider the show didn't edit out Jenelle Evans' drug use ... or really any of the myriad bad decisions being made by kids on-screen. It's a show about teenage pregnancy, for crying out loud! The whole point is to show kids this is NOT the path to follow!

So what gives?

No one is naive enough to think that reality TV is truly "reality." But it's more than a little odd when a reality star admits she's a smoker ... and it actually surprises people who have been watching her life on-screen for years.

Either way, kudos to Leah for quitting. This is good news for her AND for her little girls.

What do you think of MTV editing out Leah's (and Catelynn's!) cigarette habit? Is this something they should have left in?


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D.j. Lord

they cant show everything..if they show the smoking then they cant show another bad habit or a fight or getting preggie with yet another kid

nonmember avatar mel

Hmm... could be They didn't start smoking until they were older or could be they hid that from the cameras.... they were just a teen couple at the time having to worry about their parents still. I also was surprised when I seen them smoking on c therapy. .. but I know their mom and dad smoked so it's def. More likely they would!

nonmember avatar jessica

I've seen.something where she was smoking..a good portion of them do!

nonmember avatar Amy Lynn

I distinctly remember reading an article after Leah's 16 and Pregnant show that talked about her losing a ton of weight because all she did was eat popcorn and smoke. So, at one point in time, it was publicly reported.

nonmember avatar joblo

Smoking is way down the list of problems these girls have.

Spooky80 Spooky80

MTV exposed jenelle's drug use, smoking and drinking but they completely hid catelynn and tyler's DRUG USE/drinking and smoking cigasrettes and made them look all innocent and perfect, they should have exposed catelynn and tyler's drug use and smoking/drinking as well as leah's smoking cigarettes.....

AliPa... AliParker

I remember a few scenes in teen mom where Tyler or Catelynn would have a pack of cigarettes near them. And they lived alone. One scene was in the car and Catelynn had a pack of cigarettes in the door of the car. MTV just tried to hide it. I do believe they try to villains some of the kids and not all but some of that you just can tell. Amber, Farrah, and janelle come to mind. I think Catelynn and Tyler are good kids for the most part. 

nonmember avatar None Nothing

What's the big deal? So, they smoke (or used to). Everyone has a vice.

nonmember avatar Connerjane

I knew that Catelyn and Tyler's smoked. Sometimes when Catelyn and Tyler were in the car on teen mom you could see a pack of ciggerates in the car.

But I really didn't know Leah did.

Bobbie Scherzer

If she did smoke it could be one of the reasons Ali has so many health issues.

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