Smoking Baby Returns Via Special CBS Investigative Report (Video!)
Just in case you thought the smoking baby (you know, the 2-year-old Sumatran boy with the practiced inhale) was a scam played upon us by video pranksters, CBS News has tracked him down in Indonesia, where they found him -- just before midnight, lit ciggie in hand -- and spent two days witnessing and videotaping his technique for us. In this clip, his terrible, horrible, so-judged-by-Westerners parents talk about how it was the kid's own wish to smoke, and what are you gonna do about that? He even uses one cigarette to light the next, and he's good at it! Plus, in Indonesia, lots of people smoke! It's engrained in the culture, as CBS points out.
Here he is again.
Oddly, his name seems to be "Aldi Suganda" instead of "Adri Rizal" now, but that's all just a matter of letters, anyway. We'd recognize that pot belly and gold chain anywhere.
He's in a rehab program, down to 1 or 2 packs a day, says his mom. But, as so many of us know, quitting is not easy, especially when you're in the terrible twos.
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