We have a fantastic update on the toddler who developed a chain-smoking habit that saw him smoke two packets of cigarettes a day.
We recently shared the story of two-year-old Rapi Ananda Pamungkas, from Sukabumi, Indonesia who started smoking by picking up used butts scattered outside his mother’s market stall that older boys would light for him, shared Daily Mail.
But within days he was hooked and would constantly pester passing shoppers to give him cigarettes.
Rapi’s mother, Maryati, 35, admitted that she buys two packs of cigarettes a day for the boy to stop him from going crazy.
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The toddler soon started becoming aggressive and throwing tantrums when he couldn’t get his beloved ‘meroko’- the local term for cigarettes.
She said: ‘My child is used to smoking while drinking coffee and eating cake.
‘He has been smoking every day for around two months. If I don’t give him a cigarette, my child goes berserk.’
The mother said that it had been difficult to ban her child from smoking because he will ‘cry all day’ if he can’t smoke.
She said: ‘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.’
Rapi’s father, Misbahudin, 40, who also smokes, says doesn’t know why his child became so addicted.
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.
UPDATE 23 August – Toddler QUIT smoking!
The young toddler has now managed to QUIT – after being given a year’s supply of MILK and BISCUITS, according to Mirror.
Following recent media attention, doctors and government officials visited the family’s home in the remote West Java regency of the country last week.
Rapi was given several boxes of biscuits and formula milk with the local council making supplies available for the next year for him.
They also gave him toys to keep him occupied and are trying to find sports that he can take part in.
The toddler’s mother, Maryati, 35, was also ”educated” about the dangers of smoking and ordered to show her son graphic pictures of cigarette-induced illnesses every time he demands to smoke.
On Monday she said: “Yes, he’s stopped smoking. I am happy. My child has not smoked for the past two days.
”Now for two days he has not asked. He looks at the cigarette butts on the floor but does not pick them up.
“Usually he would take them and suck them.”
Speaking in a video of Monday’s health check-up, Maman Surahman, Head of the Cibadak Public Health Center, said: ”We, from the health center, are responsible for handling the child’s nutrition.
“After the health centre became involved, his condition has improved and the problem has gone away.
”In order to stop him from smoking, we have given education to the parents.
“When children ask for cigarettes, they must be given scary images. This will make the child afraid.”
”Doing this means that gradually this child has stopped smoking. We are also coordinating the government for monitoring him.
“This is not only the responsibility of the Health Office.
“The therapy will also be a collaboration with the Office of Social Affairs.”
Can you remember the two-year-old Sumatran boy, Aldi Rizal, who shocked the world when he was discovered with a cigarette in his hand while riding his tricycle. Check him out now HERE.
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