"She hates to be photographed smoking," the New York Daily News quoted X-17 owner Frank Navarre as saying. "But we get her once in a while," he added. But Parker is not the only actress, who tries to hide her smoking habit, joining her is "The Hills" star Lauren Conrad, who goes to great lengths to hide her habit. "She avoids it," Navarre said of Conrad.
Others who try to hide their habit, include Britney Spears, though she has now gone public, Anne Hathaway, who has just given up this summer, and new mom Ashlee Simpson-Wentz. "It's so taboo," says Antonia Russo, a Manhattan image consultant who specializes in advising performing artists, when the question of keeping the habit a secret came up. There's definitely a concept of ''people who smoke just don't care about themselves'' or they're socially irresponsible," she said. "As a role model, you wouldn't want to be a part of that," she added.