When I heard about this now controversial video that is sparking an outrage on the web, I could hardly believe it was true. For a little more than a minute, the video shows two-year-old Ardi Rizal from Musi Bayuasin in Sumatra, Indonesia, huffing and puffing and spewing smoke like a pro. It is hard to fathom what kind of havoc this must be bringing into his young body.
According to his mother Diana, Ardi is “totally addicted. If he doesn’t get cigarettes, he gets angry and screams and batters his head against the wall. He tells me he feels dizzy and sick.” It is not exactly a surprising sensation to feel if you have gotten used to puffing 40 cigarettes a day, which is how much Ardi reportedly consumes; the thing is, you expect to hear such a complaint from an adult trying to kick the habit as opposed to a toddler.
His mother has tried to get him to quit smoking, but she has been unsuccessful so far. His father Mohammed said, though: “He looks pretty healthy to me. I don’t see the problem.”
It certainly is funny how this story came out in the days leading to World No Tobacco Day, which this year is focusing against marketing cigarettes to women. What about two-year-old kids?