Indonesian Rapi Ananda Pamungka is only two years old but he has already made international headlines for his chain-smoking habits.
The toddler, who lives in Sukabumi province in west Java, has been smoking for about a month, often going through two packs a day.
Rapi became addicted to smoking after he picked up used cigarette butts off the floor and then copied the behavior of the adult smokers around him.
His 35-year-old mother, said that Rapi would throw a fit if his parents tried to put a stop to his addiction.
“My child has been smoking for more or less a month. If I don’t buy cigarettes for him, he would throw a tantrum. Recently, he asked to go to the coffee shop to drink coffee while smoking,” she said.
“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 boy’s father, Misbahudin, 36, said that Rapi has even asked passers-by for cigarettes.
Misbahudin added “If he smokes, it has to be accompanied with a mochachino coffee.”
Rapi’s parents are reportedly looking to send him for rehabilitation soon.
Indonesia is one of the world’s largest smoking nations, with more than 60 million active smokers in 2017, according to figures from the Health Ministry.
That year, the ministry recorded an 8.8 per cent increase in the number of young smokers aged 10 to 18.
The low cost of cigarettes has been identified as one of the key reasons why many in the country have been lured into the habit.