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Ardi Rizal, 2, throws a tantrum when his parents refuse him a cigarette. His father gave him his first when he was just 18 months old.

The smoking toddler, shown here on YouTube was witnessed by a reporter who recently visited his home in the fishing village of Musi Banyuasin, in Indonesia's South Sumatra province.

"I'm not worried about his health, he looks healthy," shrugged the boy's father Mohammad Rizal. "He cries and throws tantrums when we don't let him smoke. He's addicted."

Ardi's youth is the extreme of a disturbing trend. Data from the Central Statistics Agency showed 25 percent of Indonesian children aged 3 to 15 have tried cigarettes, with 3.2 percent of those active smokers.

The percentage of 5- to 9-year-olds lighting up increased from 0.4 percent in 2001 to 2.8 percent in 2004, the agency reported.

A video of a 4-year-old Indonesian boy blowing smoke rings appeared briefly on YouTube in March, prompting outrage before it was removed from the site.

The child was shown puffing on a clove cigarette and swearing in an east Java dialect with the encouragement of adults, who can be heard laughing in the background, according to the Daily Indonesia.

Child protection officials told The Jakarta Globe that the video represented child abuse. The boy is believed to be from Malang, a town in east Java.

Child advocates are speaking out about the health damage to children from secondhand smoke, and the growing pressure on them to pick up a cigarette in a country where one-third of the population uses tobacco and single cigarettes can be bought for a few cents.

Seto Mulyadi, chairman of Indonesia's child protection commission, blames the increase on aggressive advertising and parents who are smokers.

"A law to protect children and passive smokers should be introduced immediately in this country," he said.

However, imposing a nonsmoking message will be difficult in Indonesia, the world's third-largest tobacco consumer.

Tubagus Haryo Karbyanto, a member of the National Commission of Tobacco Control, said Indonesia must also address the social conditions that lead to smoking, such as family influence and peer pressure.

"The promotion of health has to be integrated down to the smallest units in our society, from public health centers and local health care centers to the family," he was quoted as saying by the Jakarta Globe on Friday.

Health Minister Endang Sedyaningsih conceded turning young people off smoking will be difficult in a country where it is perceived as positive because cigarette companies sponsor everything from scholarships to sporting events.

"This is the challenge we face in protecting youth from the dangers of smoking," she said in a statement on the ministry's website.

It is on cbs link...they have the video posted on there & evidently it's posted on youtube as well....can you imagine he is still just a baby & they allow him to do this!

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May 27 @ 12:18PM  
That is child abuse pure and simple. What idiot gives a kid that age a cigarette in the first place, and I don't give a crap about cultural differences, that is just wrong.

May 27 @ 12:46PM  
Sigh. That's all I have to say about that.

May 27 @ 2:09PM  
That is just messed up.

May 27 @ 2:27PM  
Sunshine actually posted that video on Facebook and I watched it. Fuckin messed up for sure!!!


May 27 @ 2:28PM  
That's really fucked up!

May 27 @ 3:31PM  
What they said.

May 27 @ 5:45PM  
Here's the video. Nice how everyone is snickering around him, like it's entertaining & funny.

May 27 @ 7:10PM  
Hey, let's invade them and bomb the fuck out of them!

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