Can I adopt if I smoke? If you are a smoker you would be expected to take active steps to stop smoking. The majority of Local Authorities will not place children under the age of five years old in a household where anyone smokes, even if you use e-cigarettes, and often require adopters to have ceased smoking for a year before being matched with a child. The team at ARC Adoption North East are happy to talk to you and offer further guidance around this. If you would like to know more about adoption and starting the adoption process with ARC Adoption North East and the support available, please contact us.