There is a viral video on the internet depicting a 2-year-old Indonesian child smoking a cigarette. The video shows the toddler nonchalantly smoking, his leg propped up, flipping a cigarette between his fingers, and exaggeratedly blowing smoke upward into the air. Â The video has garnered outrage throughout the world.
According toÂ the Associated Press and other news outlets, Ardi Rizal, the toddler in the video, is just 2 years old. Â He smokes up to 40 cigarettes a day. Â His father claims that if he wants a cigarette and does not get it, he throws a tantrum.
Ardi Rizal’s father reportedly gave him his first cigarette when he was 18 months old. Â The town officials of Musi Banyuasin, a fishing village in South Sumatra province where Ardi lives, have offered to buy the family a vehicle if they get the 2-year-old to stop smoking. Â The father has reportedly refused.
Ardi Rizal’s smoking video also went viral in March — until YouTube pulled the video. Â Like a cyclical virus, the viral video simply returned.
But little Ardi isn’t alone in picking up his smoking habit at such a young age. Â Back in June 2009, a 2-year-old Chinese boy made world headlines smoking a pack a day. Â AccordingÂ to the Daily Mail, the child learned to smoke when he was just 18 months old as well. Â His father gave the child cigarettes believing smoking cigarettes might alleviate the pain of an inoperable hernia (because of his age of 18 months).
The video of 2-year-old Ardi Rizal follows…