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From the youngest chain-smoker to world's youngest reformed smoker

By Mercy Asamba | Published Thu, August 31st 2017 at 10:52, Updated August 31st 2017 at 11:40 GMT +3
Aldi Rizal, 2 years ago whe he was a chain smoker

IN SUMMARY

  • The Shocking video of the Aldi Rizal puffing on cigarettes went viral on YouTube revealing the smoking crisis in Indonesia
  • Six years later the boy has undergone a recovery that most children and teenagers will never have a chance of getting
  • Research shows that Indonesia is a country that has highest percentage of smokers in the world

Aldi Suganda, also known as Aldi Rizal, was an addicted smoker six years ago. The Shocking video of the two year old puffing on cigarettes went viral on YouTube revealing the smoking crisis in Indonesia.

However, six years later the boy has undergone a recovery that most children and teenagers will never have a chance of getting.

His mother, Diana, recalls how her son would smash his head on the wall and even cut himself with a knife if she withheld cigarettes from him.

People accused her of being a reckless mother while questioning her parenting skills. However she blames herself for exposing his child to an environment with smokers.

Aldi used to accompany her mother to the market where she sells vegetables and according to her people there could have introduced him to the smoking habit.

Photo: Courtesy

Research shows that Indonesia is a country that has highest percentage of smokers in the world. Many teenagers and children engage in chain smoking. This is fueled by low cigarette and tobacco prices and lack of controlled advertising.

Aldi also referred to “Indonesian smoking baby” according to the YouTube videos raised international awareness about the worryingly high child smoking rate in the country with 20 per cent of smokers aged between 13 to 15 years according to the 2014 Global Youth Tobacco Survey.

He is now eight years of age and one of the world's youngest reformed smokers after he got assistance from a child psychologist Dr Seto Mulyadi.


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