I'm sure you've seen this on the news: the 2-year-old who smokes two packs a day (that's 40 cigarettes). He's in Indonesia, where the government has reportedly offered his parents a car if they can get the boy to quit smoking. In this country, his parents would be jailed and get some serious counseling, we can only hope. It's such a sad story.
The boy, Ardi Rizal, is not only addicted to smoking but is also very overweight. His father offered Ardi his first puff of a cigarette at 18 months. :-(
Videos of Ardi smoking have rocked Youtube with hundreds of thousands of views (too disturbing for me to watch – I don't know about you).
So far, attempts to get Ardi to stop cold turkey have resulted in head-banging tantrums, his mom has said. Sad, sad, sad! And to think, some people are commenting online that this story hilarious and the kid is "cool."
What do you think? Do you know parents in this country who let their young kids test the waters with things like offering a toddler a swig of alcohol? It happens, I'm afraid.
Let's hope for the best for this little boy.