An Indonesian mother, Maryati, 35, has revealed that her two-year-old son, Rapi Ananda Pamungkas, smokes about 40 cigarettes per day.
According to Sun UK, the toddler picked up the habit very young, when he used to pick up used cigarette butts outside his mum’s market stall in hill station resort of Sukabumi.
He later graduated to demanding cigarettes from passers-by. The adults initially found the toddler’s demand endearing and gave him the cigarettes while laughing as he lit up.
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His mother says, he becomes aggressive and throws tantrums whenever he is not given cigarettes. To calm him, Maryati now buys at least two packs of cigarettes every day to stop him from going ”beserk”.
”My child is used to smoking while drinking coffee and eating cake.
“If I don’t give him a cigarette, my child goes berserk.”
She added: “If Rapi doesn’t get cigarettes he cannot sleep. He will start rampaging and crying.
“It’s expensive, because we have to buy them for him. He likes to do it all day. He can smoke about 40 every day.”
The toddler’s dad Misbahudin, 40, said he also smokes but doesn’t know why his child started the habit.