Smoking 2-Year-Old Sparks Controversy

A two-year-old boy has put the spotlight once again on Indonesia’s lenient anti-smoking laws. Anti-smoking advocates have called on the Indonesian government to investigate the parents of two-year-old Ardi Rizal, who is seen in a video posted on YouTube smoking a cigarette in a way that would put some adult smokers to shame.

Ardi’s father said the obviously overweight boy started smoking when he was only 18 months. And if anti-tobacco advocates are concerned about the health effects of the habit on the boy, his father is not worried one bit. “He looks pretty healthy to me,” Mohammed Rizal said of his son. Ardi’s mother also prefers to have his son get his daily fix. “If he doesn’t get cigarettes, he gets angry and screams and batters his head against the wall,” Diana Rizal said.

Reports said the chain-smoking tot lights up around 40 sticks of cigarettes a day, a disturbing habit that have local officials in Indonesia’s Sumatra scrambling to convince Ardi’s parents to make their child tobacco-free. Reports said Sumatra officials have tried offering the family a car in exchange for stopping Ardi from smoking, but to no avail.

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