Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Two Year Old Indonesian Kid Smokes 40 Cigs a Day? Do you Really Believe that?

The Sun has a story that is all over the place right now, about a kid in Indonesia who supposedly smokes 40 cigs a day.
The Sun told on Saturday how the two-year-old got hooked after dad Mohammed gave him a fag at 18 months.

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."
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.

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.


shampoo said...

I believe some details about cigarettes vary from country to country... strength and size. this might make a difference, idk...

Ricky Sprague said...

shampoo, that's a good point. What are the cigarettes like in Indonesia? We don't know anything about the cigarettes he's smoking.

They might not even be "cigarettes" at all.

shampoo said...

a brief google search reveals the what he's smoking could be a combination of tobacco and cloves. i saw amounts of 40-90% cloves used in about 90% of all cigarettes sold in indonesia.

they're called kretek and there has been a ban or some such thing in the u.s., so too many hits were about that. (no idea what that's all about.)

as you know, burning organic matter creates a carcineogen. but, i would think adding cloves would make it a much milder smoke than say, marlboros.

i know (at one time at least) american cigarettes were the "best" (strongest/best quality tobacco). i'm not a smoker though, so i don't know for sure about that. i do know some foreign brands that were/are considered "luxury" brands actually come from u.s. tobacco companies.