An Indonesian toddler, who is only two years old, has recently made headlines after reports came out that he smokes about 40 cigarettes a day.
The toddler, who was identified as Rap, has been smoking for about a month and a half now after picking up cigarette butts off the street and sampling the habit.
The boy now goes through about two packets of cigarettes a day and even needs to smoke one before he can fall asleep.
In fact, the child reportedly throws tantrums when his parents try to deny him his nicotine fix.
In addition to cigarettes, the toddler has also started drinking coffee.
His mother spoke about her son’s habit to local media:
My child is used to smoking while drinking coffee and eating cake. If I don’t give him a cigarette, my child goes berserk.
According to local media, the boy’s habit is even more shocking considering that his father is a casual smoker who only smokes at work.
The toddler’s habit though will soon be dealt with as his parents have plans to send him to rehabilitation.
Child smoking can stunt the physical and metal development of a child.
As surprising as this news is, Rap’s case is not an isolated one considering the ease of access in obtaining cigarettes and the fact that Indonesia has over 60 million smokers.
The health ministry has also noted that there has been an increase in the number of children who smoke.
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