The mother, Maryata, said that Pamungkas, her 2-year-old son, developed a smoking addiction when he began picking up spent cigarette butts off the ground. The child’s parents, feeling helpless in the circumstances, said that they will shortly send their son to rehabilitation.
The youngster began by collecting discarded butts from the market stall of his mother. But regrettably, he became addicted very quickly and began pestering passersby for smokes. According to The Mirror, the adults, including his mother, at first found the child’s requests amusing and provided him with smokes while giggling as he lit up.
The mother from Indonesia added that her son’s dependency started as soon as he turned one. Sadly, the little youngster evidently found a lighted cigarette on the ground in front of his parents’ business. The tiny child lighted a cigarette and took a drag. She added that when the youngster doesn’t receive his nicotine fix, he throws tantrums, yells, tears, and pulls out his hair.
The most recent figures show that young people in Indonesia are particularly susceptible to nicotine dependence. Due to his frequent temper tantrums, the mother never refuses any of her child’s requests for smokes. Giving children what they want is one parenting strategy, but it’s definitely not the greatest one for the kids.
One only needs to watch this child smoke a cigarette to see that this is undoubtedly the case. How can I change his preferences? He finds them on the street when I’m at work because he walks alone,” Maryata told The Mirror. Nobody wants to be a parent to another child, but someone needs to step in and help this child before he wrecks his entire life.
Health officials recently tried to get the mother to wean her child off the smokes, but it doesn’t seem to have succeeded. Children should spend time reading books, playing with toys, and interacting with other children. Without a certain, they have no business wandering the streets while puffing on cigarettes.