Thursday, Dec. 09, 2010

Ardi Rizal

In America, adolescents with an affinity for nicotine get thwarted by the "We Card" program: "Under 18, no tobacco." In Indonesia, it's a different story. Two-year-old Ardi Rizal's bad habit wafted across the Internet in May via jaw-dropping video of the toddler smoking 40 cigarettes a day. "He cries and throws tantrums when we don't let him smoke," his father told the Daily Mail. "He's addicted." The newspaper noted that Rizal was far from an anomaly, with government estimates showing that 25% of children ages 3 to 15 in Indonesia have tried cigarettes and 3.2% have become active smokers. But the media frenzy surrounding the chubby, chain-smoking toddler helped lead him to a rehab center to kick the habit. As of September, his mother said the program was a success.