The Toddler Smoker

You may have already seen this unbelievable video of a 2-year-old boy in Indonesia who smokes about 40 cigarettes a day. It is incredibly sad. Check it out:


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Smoking is certainly more culturally entrenched there than it is here, but this is a powerful reminder of how young children learn by watching their parents’ (and other adults’) behavior. The boy, Ardi Rizal, was reportedly first given a cigarette by his father (and his mother smoked during her pregnancy), but she told CNN that she and her husband have now both quit smoking. However, they don’t know how to get their toddler to overcome his addiction. He has a scar on his forehead from the time he knocked his head against a wall during a tantrum when his mother refused to give him a cigarette. (You thought it was bad when your kid wanted candy before dinner—imagine dealing with a cranky child suffering from nicotine withdrawal.) We hope Ardi gets the help that he needs.

The truth is that most parents in the U.S. who smoke desperately want to quit. If you’re one of them, go to Parents Quit For Good to learn about the EX plan—a personalized way to relearn your life without cigarettes. There is also a unique plan for pregnant women. And all parents should check out these 10 ways to keep your kids from smoking from our friends at Legacy, who are committed to educating Americans about the harmful effects of tobacco.

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    Is that baby playing with a GUN at the end of the video??????? Tough place to grow up!!

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