31 August 2017:
Surrounded by farmland and plantations in the small village of Teluk Kemang Sungai Lilin in South Sumatra, a boy, just 8 years old, sits smiling with his mother.
But this boy has a tumultuous past and a reputation that precedes him, having undergone a recovery most children will never face.
Six years ago, Aldi Suganda, also known as Aldi Rizal, was a 2-year-old chain smoker addicted to cigarettes, smoking packs each day. “It was hard for me to stop,” he said. “If I am not smoking, my mouth taste is sour and my head feel dizzy.
He became a global sensation as the “chain-smoking toddler,” with video clips of him puffing excessively on an endless cigarette supply watched by millions around the world.
A childhood habit
No sign of decline
Marketing and image invasion
The statement said it “makes every effort” to not place cigarette advertisements within 100 meters of educational facilities. The statement also said, “given the large number of retail outlets across Indonesia, mistakes can occur, but we do our absolute best to ensure that we are only communicating with adult smokers.”