No, but if you smoke it will affect the age of child who you will be considered for. BAAF guidance states that:
‘Babies and young children up to the age of five years and all children with respiratory problems are at risk from smoking. It is therefore not in their best interests to be placed in households with smokers when equally suitable non-smokers are available, unless there are exceptional reasons for doing so, for example when the prospective carer is a member of a child’s extended family’.
Given this, prospective adopters who smoke are unlikely to be matched to a young child. It is important to note that the BAAF (British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering) guidance also relates to applicants who use or who have in the recent past (12 months) used any nicotine related devices, including e-cigarettes and vaporisers. If you have been a smoker in the past or if you are currently a smoker please discuss this with us at an early stage or your enquiry/application.