I smoke – is that a problem? Smoking presents a concern because of its damaging effects on health. In addition, passive smoking is damaging to the health of any adult or child in the vicinity of the smoke. An adoption agency has a duty to consider the effects of smoking on children in their care. Adoption Focus will not accept applications from anyone who is currently smoking. We would expect you to achieve a minimum of six months without smoking before applying to us. Applicants who are using e-cigarettes will be accepted.