September 2nd, 2010
09:23 AM ET

Smoking baby reportedly has quit

The tubby Indonesian toddler who caused a sensation last spring by enthusiastically puffing on cigarettes in a widely viewed video has quit smoking, according to media reports.

Two-year-old Ardi Rizal of South Sumatra, who reportedly smoked 40 cigarettes a day, has broken his nicotine addiction through a 30-day rehabilitation program, the Jakarta Globe reported Thursday.

"He has stopped smoking and doesn't ask for cigarettes anymore," Arist Merdeka Sirait, chairman of Indonesia's National Commission on Child Protection, said, according to another publication, Earth Times.According to earlier reports, the child was placed in state custody after the video emerged and the boy’s parents said he would cry and throw tantrums if he went too long without smoking a cigarette.

Heavy smoking appeared to have caused the boy’s brain to shrink and could cause other health problems later, Sirait said, according to Earth Times.

"He needs to be in a smoking-free environment so that he doesn't start smoking again," Sirait said.

Anti-smoking advocates say Indonesia’s tobacco industry markets its products to children, according to the Globe.

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  1. Kirsten

    are u ppl for real??? ur more interested in the fact tht this 2 year old kid is fat then really lookin at the big picture... his parents gave him his first cigarette cuz they thought it would be funny... a baby smokin is more important then a baby bein fat!!!

    February 23, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Electronic cigarettes in the workplace

    Smoking has numerous negative effects. If you're serious about laying off, you should see this content and pay attention to the best way to give up. Champix is an efficient medication that may ...SmokeStik

    January 12, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sam

    You're not sheltered. The world is a nightmare where uneducated people bring children into this world without, themselves, knowing the difference between right and wrong.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. TX13

    I would argue that this is a non-issue when your life expectancy is on par with the third world anyway.

    September 2, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bull

    Now if they can stop overfeeding the tubby little slug,he might grow up ok.

    September 2, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. smokey

    We're not sheltered. The news shows what sells and fits in between celebrity gossip segments, which is not much these days.

    September 2, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lauren

    We're not sheltered, we're oblivious. There's a large difference.

    September 2, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RUSH

    @ BULL
    no kidding lmao

    September 2, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Fiona

    Avidwhistler, there are numerous videos on the Web of young children smoking. Do a search, if you have a strong stomach. There is one of a Russian boy, maybe seven years old (or an underdeveloped 9) smoking like a cynical gangster. But the kids are taught and encouraged (and videotaped) by adults.

    September 2, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tyang

    LOL @ Boomer's comment!!!

    September 2, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jessiest

    I know my Boomer anywhere! If it's not smoking babies it's Lindsay Lohan.

    September 2, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Justice

    Too funny! So they dont have PACIFIERS over there?

    September 2, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. shelooksordinarylooking

    Even he couldn't afford it on unemployment checks anymore.

    September 2, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Freddy

    If you have to ask the question, "Am I sheltered?", then the answer is yes, you are.

    September 2, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. CNN Sucks

    Really CNN...this is front page news?!?!?! Your choice of articles makes me want to barf. I can't believe that a news company with such poor taste can be so successful. Just goes to show you how dumb people really are...

    September 2, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
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