Child Smoking on rise in Indonesia

Video of Two-year-old Indonesian boy Ardi Rizal puffing casually on a cigarette is shocking the world.  The tolddler’s father, Mohammad, gave Ardi his first cigarette at just 18 months of age, the Sun reports.  Mohammad, who raises his family in the South Sumatran fishing village of Musi Banyuasin, admins Ardi is addicted to smoking, but has no problem with his son’s habit. 

“I’m not worried about his health, he looks healthy,” Mohammad told the Sriwijaya Post.  Smoking 40 cigarettes each day, Ardi screams and says he feels sick and dizzy if he’s not allowed to smoke.  “He Cries and throws tantrums when we do not let him smoke.  He is addicted,” Mohammad said.  Data from Central Statistic Agency showed that 25% of Indonesian children aged 3 to 15 have tried cigarettes, with 3.2% of those active smokers. watoday.com.au

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