You read the title right, a smoking baby (Ardi) finally quit. According to Modern Mom, two year old Indonesian baby Ardi started smoking when his father gave him a cigarette to keep him quiet. This two year old was so busy puffing on 40 cigarettes a day that he didn’t have much time for exercise and weighs 60 pounds. With the help of therapy, the smoking baby finally quit smoking and has learned to play like he should be doing (Modern Mom).
In a report by the Huffington Post this child started smoking when he was 18 months old and was soon addicted. The report also states that the father of the child who got him started, has stated that he is not worried about the baby’s health because “he looks healthy (Huffington Post).”
Apparently a baby or child who smokes under the age of 10 appears to be an increasing number in Indonesia. In an interview with Aris Merdeka Sirait, CEO of the National Committee of Child Protection in Indonesia, Aris explains that “…more than thirty percent of children there smoke a cigarette before the age of 10 (Mail Online).” It took the help of a 30 day treatment facility to help Ardi finally quit the nasty habit.
Wow, is this alarming. Apparently they have no child abuse laws in Indonesia. With an attitude like baby Ardi’s father, it’s no wonder this child was addicted to tobacco. If baby Ardi had not been broadcast across the news media he probably would still be smoking instead of people reading headlines like “the smoking baby finally quit.”
It’s upsetting to see that such neglect and abuse of children like baby Ardi by their parents is even allowed in Indonesia but at least they do have a program in place to help children in need like baby Ardi. It sure looks like they may be following our footsteps in the U.S. by providing treatment after the fact instead of focusing on prevention for such things as addictions. The fact that the smoking baby finally quit smoking and the attention that this case brought, will hopefully make more parents in Indonesia and elsewhere more aware of how easily tobacco can become addictive.
Hopefully Indonesia has a good parental education program to help other parents in this situation. Using the fact that the smoking baby finally quit as an example, could help areas like Indonesia deal with this growing trend of baby and child smokers. I must admit I never thought I’d be writing an article about a baby who quit smoking, but it is encouraging that help was there when needed to help baby Ardi.
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