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2-year-old Indonesian boy smokes 40 cigarettes a day

Independent Online Desk
2-year-old Indonesian boy smokes 40 cigarettes a day
Rapi Ananda Pamungkas has been smoking since he was aged just two months old. {hoto: Viral Press

A chain-smoking two-and-a-half-year-old from Indonesia is so addicted to nicotine that he manages to puff his way through 40 cigarettes a day.

Rapi Ananda Pamungkas’ dirty habit started when he was just two months old after picking up used butts outside his mum's market stall in hill station resort of Sukabumi, reports The Sun.

However, within days the two-and-a-half-year old was hooked and he began constantly pestering passing shoppers to give him cigarettes.

The adults initially found the youngster's demands endearing and plied him with fags while laughing as he lit up.

But Rapi - nicknamed Rap - soon started becoming aggressive and throwing tantrums when he couldn't get his beloved ''meroko'', the local term for cigarettes.

The toddler’s mum Maryati, 35, admitted that she now has to buy two packs of cigarettes every day for the boy to stop him from going ''beserk''.She said: ''My child is used to smoking while drinking coffee and eating cake.

“He has been smoking every day from around two months. If I don't give him a cigarette, my child goes berserk.”

Maryati said Rapi began smoking after collecting cigarette butts scattered on the road which older lads lit for him.

After that, he began demanding them from his parents who run a food stall which also sells cigarettes, as well as hounding passersby for his daily fix.Maryati said that it had been difficult to ban her child from smoking because he will “cry all day” if he can't smoke.

She added: “If Rapi doesn't get cigarettes he cannot sleep.

He will start rampaging and crying.

“It's expensive, because we have to buy them for him. He likes to do it all day. He can smoke about 40 every day.”

The toddler’s dad Misbahudin, 40, said he also smokes but doesn't know why his child started the habit.He added: ''I cannot say no to him when he asks for a cigarette. I don’t even smoke that often. I only smoke at work.

“When my son smokes he likes to have a cup of mochaccino.”

The parents said they will take the toddler to see a doctor to try and kick his smoking habit.

Indonesia has one of the highest numbers of smokers per population in the world and a growing problem of child smokers.

Around nine per cent of the country’s under-18s smoke regularly.In 2010, a two-year-old boy named Ardi Rizal achieved notoriety after it emerged he also would smoke two packets a day, with footage showing him happily smoking cigarettes.

Similar footage has also emerged from China in recent years, with one video showing a three-year-old taking several deep drags on a cigarette as if addicted.

That was shortly followed by extraordinary footage of a four-year-old boy, also in China, smoking cigarettes while his grandparents laughed and watched.

KK

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