2 Year-Old Indonesian Smoking Cigarettes

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At 2 year-old, the boy smokes 2 packs a day. He began smoking at 18 months old. The parents of the boy said their son throws violent tantrums like hitting his head against the floor and throwing up whenever they tried to stop him from smoking. The mom smoked throughout her entire pregnancy but quit after giving birth to her son. Her husband smokes and, like most Indonesians, doesn't think there's anything wrong with his son smoking. The boy is currently in a government rehab facility after news about him made headlines.

This is really sad to watch. I can't understand how in the world as a mom, you would allow your baby to take up smoking in the first place. I watched some other videos and the truth is rather sickening. People in Asian countries aren't educated about the health risks and dangers of cigarettes and tobacco. This reminds me about another issue. In the U.S., new moms are encouraged to breastfeed their babies. I found out that in Asian countries, doctors encourage formula milk over breastfeeding. Tobacco and baby formula companies invest heavily in Asian countries promoting their products. I wonder if they stuff money into the pockets of doctors and politicians to get them to look the other way. I think the good thing that comes out after the news of the 2 year-old baby smoking is it sheds light on the smoking addiction in Indonesia and the government says they're working on ways to educate their people.

23 comments:

Ummie said...

Smoking activities used to relax the village folks as they toiled daily under the blazing hot sun.
This baby learn from his surrounding.
Sad life.

Mr. Stupid said...

This is shocking. I wonder how his parents can say he's healthy smoking 2 packs a day. I just hope the kid gets rid of the addiction

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Rosebelle, this the first time I read something like this. Holy Smoke! 2 years old!
How did he in the first place start?
Regret I smoke, but maybe about 3 to 5 sticks a day.
Started when started working....but both my 2 sons don't smoke.

And yes, lots of Asian countries are heavy smokers, China for one....what with Western influence etc.
Anyway, real scary see the video here.
You keep well, Lee.

I'm a full-time mummy said...

Oh I blogged about this a while back in my old blog (http://imafulltimemummy.blogspot.com/2010/05/2-year-old-smoking-40-cigs-daily.html)

Sad sad thing to read about this. The part where the parents said their boy throws violent tantrums if they try stopping him from smoking is just unbelievable. I mean, the kid is addicted. Can't they see that? Even if he's not into smoking, toddlers throw tantrums! Arghhhh!

Jenny
( I'm a full-time mummy )

Lazy Pineapple said...

ahhh this is really sad :(
Have not seen any such trend in India...breastfeeding is common and is considered very good for the child...and it has been there for years.

ModernMom said...

This video truly made me feel ill.

Janie B said...

I've seen this many times on David Letterman and I find it appalling, too. Also, offensive to make a joke out of such ignorance. Poor kid. No telling what damage has already been done to his young lungs.

Liz said...

My husband first told me about it. I thought he was joking and didn't believe it but when i saw it in the news, I was shocked.

Meldylocks and Her Three Bears said...

Not another one?? This is sickening! My friends have been posting about these children on Facebook and this boy is definately not the only one...there's another who's 3 and blows smoke rings while swearing...
Sigh...so sad ...

Cheryl said...

I too have seen the videos and am just plain disgusted. What parent would ever let such a thing happen? Its a sad story really.

TK said...

The whole family watched this video and we were really shocked. My son told me it was in the newspapers but I missed it. Obviously he is so used to smoking..Poor little boy...

Ryhen Satch said...

Here in our country, there is a superstitious belief that when a mother shows admiration for a certain object, person, or animal, during the sensitive periods of her pregnancy, the baby will acquire its qualities. Another belief is that the most dominant thought in the mother's mind get's impressed in the child's mind. The mother smoked cigarettes during her entire pregnancy, so I guess the end result is the child manifesting his mother's thought forms.

On the other hand, Buddhist and Hindus believe that the human soul, after its descent from the higher planes in the afterlife, reincarnates on the physical plane to a lifestyle suitable to its strongest desire. Strong desires don't get purged easily in the afterlife, it seems, so maybe this child was a chain smoker in his previous incarnation.

To tell you honestly, I don't see a 2-yr old boy when I look at the child in the video. I see a man smoking a cigarette. Look carefully at the way he moves. Pay attention to his gestures. I suspect the memory imprints from his previous incarnation were not fully erased. A glitch in the system, perhaps? hehe

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

Though it's rather disgusting to see a baby with the cigarette in it's own mouth, second hand smoke is just as bad. I can't stand to see parents smoking around their kids. Even the sludge it leaves in their clothes is bad for little lungs. I wish smoking was just banned altogether everywhere.

Mei Teng said...

Oh yes...I read about this. Shocking and the parents are to be blamed for this.

Gina F said...

I seen this on the news. What is this world coming too. I sure hope this young boy lives to the age of 21. Sorry to say that but his parents are just killing him slowly but surely. I have NO respect for the parents too. (Just Plain Stupid) :o(

Gina
motherof1princessand2princes.blogspot.com

Bananazą®‡ said...

Child is sick and parents just equally sick and mad. Quite like Uncle's Lee's 'Holy smoke'. Sad real sad! *shake head* Should get Nanny 911 for assistance.

MaryMoh said...

Gosh...this is really sad!! Just unbelievable! I think it's due to lack of education to mothers and also in many cases, mothers won't listen.

levian said...

i saw this in the newspaper the other day as well. it was simply unacceptable! what could they be thinking, giving in to the child just because he throws tantrums?

CaptainRunner said...

It is indeed sickening. Hope the baby would get rid of his smoking habit soon.

Serline said...

It is sad. My hubby used to visit the country every month, and he was always upset that it seemed to be the only one left on earth that blatantly promotes smoking every which way it can...

MaryAnne said...

Oh, this poor baby! I hope someone can get his parents to understand the truth about smoking.

jen@odbt said...

This made me sick to my stomach and to watch his dad be proud of this? Ugh.

AVCr8teur said...

So sad! I can't believe what I'm seeing. Education is the way to break this cycle.