I'm A Celebrity 2012 gets complaints over Helen Flanagan's smoking

I'm A Celebrity 2012 - Helen Flanagan

I'm A Celebrity 2012 has faced complaints over Helen Flanagan's smoking.

Helen gave up the habit at the start of the year, but it seems that the pressure and stress of the jungle has seen her go back to lighting up.

But the Corrie beauty isn't alone, several other I’m A Celeb stars are also smokers, including Eric Bristow and Made in Chelsea’s Hugo Taylor.

Some viewers have even complained to TV watchdog Ofcom over the amount of scenes shown on the show of the celebs smoking.

In one complaint to Ofcom, MP Steve Bedser, Birmingham Council's cabinet member for health and well-being, wrote: “Helen Flanagan was filmed repeatedly as she smoked.

“The frequency of this image was such that it condoned, encouraged and glamorised smoking, especially by young girls.

“There was no editorial justification for including these scenes."

He added: “I am concerned that programmes with a high profile among young teenagers contribute to a rising incidence of smoking in young girls, with catastrophic effects upon their health and wealth.

“Furthermore, it can be watched at any time before the watershed via the internet or playback on a variety of devices which are widely available.”

A spokesperson for ITV however defended the show from the complaints.

They said in the statement: “ITV complies with the Ofcom code and I’m a Celebrity... Get Me out of Here! does not glamorise smoking.”

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