A two-year-old boy should not know what a cigarette is, let alone be smoking them, but his father of all people does not seem too concerned. After all, he was the one who introduced his son to the taste of a cigarette at the tender age of 14 months.
“He’s totally addicted… If he doesn’t get cigarettes he gets angry and screams and batters his head against the wall. He tells me he feels dizzy and sick,” said Ardi's mother.
When a YouTube video surfaced of the chain-smoking Indonesian cutie, parents from around the world were shocked. There is now growing concern for Ardi as his addiction to cigarettes is causing him serious health problems. Because of his daily habit, the boy is obese and cannot keep up with the other children. The government has offered the family a free car if Ardi quits smoking, but Ardi's father still doesn't see what the big deal is.
The Daily Mail says nearly 3% of Indonesia’s five-to nine-year-olds are active smokers. Many researchers and activists are beginning to get involved in this situation. Simon Chapman, Professor of Public Health at the University of Sydney said “Indonesia is unfortunately regarded as a basket case in international tobacco control. It’s regarded as a smoker’s paradise.”
I highly doubt Children & Family Services exist in Indonesia, but these irresponsible parents should be denied of any and all child supervision. That and the father should be castrated to ensure he never reproduces again. I can't even begin to think of the major problems that await poor Ardi in his future. A wise man named Michael K put it best when he wrote an article stating that Ardi's parents should take that free car and drive the little boy into the jungle where he could be raised by wild monkey's. He'd be better off that way and I completely agree.