Ardi RizalA "baby" who smokes 40 cigarettes a day may qualify for the "now I've seen it all" sector of our program.
But that doesn't mean we're satisifed.
We have a few questions: Namely what moron handed 18-month-old Ardi Rizal a cigarette and said, "Hey, have one?"
Rizal is now 2 and, based on this video, smokes like an old pro these days, even blowing smoke rings.
Over at The Frisky they say he throws tantrums if he doesn't get his favorite brand, which is the only toddler-appropriate part of this entire story.
Rizal lives in Indonesia -- is it horrible to say I was crossing my fingers this wasn't here in the US? -- and his father claims he "looks healthy."
Maybe because he hasn't taken a look at an X-ray of his son's lungs lately?
Parents who smoke around their kids, women who smoke while pregnant or breastfeeding, they all garner the "child abuser" label in my book. Harsh, it's true, but just take a look at the American Cancer Society's statistics: "About 50 to 75 percent of children in the US have detectable levels of cotinine, the breakdown product of nicotine, in their blood."
And that's when an adult has it in her or his mouth. But this one comes out on top of the pack of them.
Even worse -- the Daily Mail reports village officials have offered to buy the family a new car if they'll get their son to kick the habit. They refused!
Does this one make you angry?