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 â€œtotally 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.â€ 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: â€œHe looks pretty healthy to me. I don’t see the problem.â€
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?