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07 June 2010

Chain-smoking toddler in rehab

A 2-year-old Indonesian boy who smoked 40 cigarettes a day his receiving treatment to wean him off smoking, the head of the national children's commission said.

A 2-year-old Indonesian boy who smoked 40 cigarettes a day his receiving treatment to wean him off smoking, the head of the national children's commission said.

Ardi Rizal started consuming cigarettes when he was 18 months old and images of him smoking have been shown on international television after local media reported on his nicotine habit.

The boy has been under the care of the National Commission on Child Protection since late last month and is receiving psychological therapy, commission chairman Arist Merdeka Sirait said.
 
 

Nearly one-third of Indonesia's 230 million people and more than 60% of its male population smokes, according to the Demographic Institute of the University of Indonesia's School of Economics. Among youths, 13.5% use tobacco, it said.

 

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