Chain-smoking two-year-old whose mother buys him two packs a day
The heartbreaking plight of chain-smoking two-year-old whose mother buys him two packs a day to stop his tantrums
- Rapi Pamungkas, from Indonesia, would smoke used butts he found on the street
- Mother Maryati Pamungkas, 35, said her son has tantrums if he doesn’t smoke
- The little boy can be seen puffing a cigarette which draws crowds of onlookers
This toddler has developed a chain-smoking habit that sees him puff through 40 cigarettes a day.
Two-year-old Rapi Ananda Pamungkas, from Sukabumi, Indonesia started by picking up used butts scattered outside his mother’s market stall that older boys would light for him.
But within days he was hooked and would constantly pester passing shoppers to give him cigarettes.
Two-year-old Rapi Ananda Pamungkas, from Sukabumi, Indonesia, (pictured) puffs through 40 cigarettes a day
The toddler developed a habit after picking up cigarette butts from the street which older boys would light for him
They initially found the youngster’s demands endearing and plied him with cigarettes and would laugh as he lit up.
Little Rapi, nicknamed Rap, is filmed sitting on a motorbike wearing a Spider-man t-shirt and happily puffing at a cigarette which looks enormous clutched in his tiny hand.
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The video soon shows people pointing and staring at the sight of a toddler smoking so casually in the street as his mother smiles.
People can be seen approaching little Rapi to try and take the cigarette from him- which he pulls back with a grumpy look on his face.
The little boy smokes one cigarette to another and does not look bothered by the crowds that have gathered to watch him.
Mother, Maryati, 35, admitted to buying her son two packets of cigarettes a day to stop him from going ‘beserk’ and throwing tantrums
Little Rapi, who has been addicted to smoking for two months, likes to have a cup of coffee and cake with his cigarettes and can’t go to sleep without his fix
Rapi’s mother, Maryati, 35, admitted that she buys two packs of cigarettes a day for the boy to stop him from going crazy.
The toddler soon started becoming aggressive and throwing tantrums when he couldn’t get his beloved ‘meroko’- the local term for cigarettes.
She said: ‘My child is used to smoking while drinking coffee and eating cake.
‘He has been smoking every day for around two months. If I don’t give him a cigarette, my child goes berserk.’
Rapi would constantly pester passing adults to give him cigarettes- which they initially found endearing
The mother said that it had been difficult to ban her child from smoking because he will ‘cry all day’ if he can’t smoke.
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.’
Rapi’s father, Misbahudin, 40, who also smokes, says doesn’t know why his child became so addicted.
He added: ‘I cannot say no to him when he asks for a cigarette. I don’t even smoke that often. I only smoke at work. When my son smokes he likes to have a cup of mochaccino.’
The child’s parents say they are going to take him to the doctor to try and try and get him to kick the habit
The parents said they will take the toddler to see a doctor to try and kick his smoking habit.
Indonesia has one of the highest numbers of smokers per population in the world and a growing problem of child smokers. Around nine per cent of under 18s smoke regularly.
In 2010, the two-year-old boy Aldi Rizal achieved notoriety after it emerged he also would smoke two packets a day, with footage showing him smoking cigarettes.
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