The Sun told on Saturday how the two-year-old got hooked after dad Mohammed gave him a fag at 18 months.Is it wrong that I find this story so amusing? I mean, much of the humor comes from the manner in which it's written, but still-- it's about an Indonesian kid who smokes like a fish.
Now he weighs 4st and trundles round on a toy truck blowing smoke rings - too unfit to run with other kids.
Mum Diana, 26, wept: "He's totally addicted. 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."
But I still don't believe it. Not even when there's a video of the kid smoking.
Oh, sure, that video looks like a little kid smoking. And the kid has obviously smoked before. But do really believe he's two years old? If he's two, I'm 47.
And I most certainly am not 47. I was trying to make a point.
But back to the kid. Not be calloused, but, I'm kind of impressed. The first time I ever smoked I was about four or five (this kid is probably at least five, and maybe six -- but then, how the hell would I know?) and I coughed like a madman. Mad boy, I guess.
But does he really have a two-pack-a-day habit? Really? Are you going to believe one story in the Sun? Or this story on yahoo, that basically repeats the Sun story? Or the Huffington Post?
Kids in southeastern Asian countries often smoke cigarettes. Unfortunately, there is lots of evidence of this. Check out this famous picture (I'm sure you've seen it before-- it's famous, as I just wrote):
They also often have to work. I mean, they get real jobs, manual labor type stuff. It's a different world, and one we should probably know more about. So maybe a sensational story about a "two year old" kid with a "two pack a day" smoking habit will draw some attention to what's going on outside the more developed west.
You know, just like that story about the guy who died by having an eel shoved up his rectum. Or the guy who died from watching Avatar. Or the guy who died from playing video games too long.
Kid smoking pic source.