Images of two-year-old Sumatran boy, Aldi Rizal, shocked the world when he was discovered with a cigarette in his hand while riding his tricycle.
His family had never discouraged him after he had his first cigarette at just 18 months.
His habit peaked to smoking two packs a day.
The Indonesian government eventually stepped in and said Aldi had to give up the smokes, shared New Idea.
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He was taken into rehab where he was weaned off of his cigarette habit and allowed to be a toddler for the first time.
In the 7 years since, Aldi has managed to stay clean of smokes. His mother, Diane, says that his rehabilitation doctor – Dr Kak Seto – regularly checks in on the family and has been a positive influence on young Aldi.
‘There are many people still offering Aldi cigarettes, but Aldi no. He says “I love Kak Seto. He would be sad if I started smoking again and made myself ill,’ she explains.
Aldi has since become the poster-child for tackling childhood smoking in Indonesia – where it is through that at least a third of children under 10 years old have tried cigarettes.
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