Watch this video of a two year old Indonesian baby chain smoking. The two year old Ardi Rizal is not just a casual smoker, but smokes up to forty cigarettes a day, all provided by his parents, also smokers, who say the baby is addicted and goes into fits when he does not have anything to smoke.
In a country such as Indonesia, smoking is not seen as a negative health risk, but just a bad habit. Up to one third of the population smokes, including many young adults and children. The two year old in question was given his first cigarette by family and has been smoking ever since.
I think concern for the child and the seeming reluctance over the government to do something about minors smoking are what has everyone so upset. The government collects a lot of taxes from the sale of cigarettes, so they have done little to nothing to set age requirements for purchasing or using. The big cigarette companies are not likely to do anything in the way of education either in countries where the government or people are not demanding it
Indonesia is the only country in Southeast Asia that has not ratified the World Health Organization’s treaty on tobacco.