Yesterday Nicole Richie's publicist released a statement refuting rumors that her client was a big 'ol smoking pregnant woman. Now, Nicole, herself, is taking a swing at those who said she was putting her unborn child in harm's way. "It's really very sad and hurtful that journalists don't believe in checking facts before writing false and unsubstantiated stories about my health and my pregnancy," Nicole wrote in a statement released to Access Hollywood. "The healthy birth of my child is my number one priority." Cindy Adams of the New York Post was the original source of the smoking claim -- and she has yet to respond to Nicole's denial. Ooooh, what a cat fight that would be -- a pregnant Nicole takes on 82-year-old Cindy Adams. I'd buy tickets to that.