File this one under “worst parenting ever”.

Just when I thought I couldn’t be fooled with how idiotic people can be, I read the following story:  A two year old in Indonesia is already addicted to cigarettes.

I wish I was kidding!

There are pictures of the tike on the website for The Sun, a British newspaper.  Not that I expect my readers to laugh, but if you’re like me, you want proof.


His name is Ardi Rizal, and he has been known to smoke upwards of 40 cigarettes a day.  After months of smoking and reaching a 3 dozen + habit, do you wonder if he’s addicted?  His mother, Diana, a 26 year old, gave the following quote:

If he doesn’t get cigarettes, he gets angry and screams and batters his head against the wall. He tells me he feels dizzy and sick.

The Indonesian government is sick about the situation, too.  They’ve reportedly offered to buy the family a car if the boy will quit smoking, but apparently that’s not good enough incentive for the parents.

The boy’s dad, Mohammed, 30 years old, doesn’t seem inclined to stop the kid from smoking anytime soon.

He looks pretty healthy to me. I don’t see the problem.

Oh yeah?  Well he’s lucky he’s not in America, because he’d have his son taken away from him for abuse.

Frankly I’m surprised.  An American guy got caned 15 years ago or more just for spitting his gum out on the street, and nobody’s going to give Mohammed Rizal some corporal punishment?  That’s a damn shame.

But what do I know?  This is just the Bud View.