Behold, the smoking baby, Ardi Rizal, a two-year-old Sumatran boy who may go through 40 cigarettes a day if he’s feeling particularly stressed. You know the story, dad gives him his first one at 18 months, next thing you know he’s hooked and weighs 50 pounds. According to his mom, Diana, “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.”
This is rather a message for our times, no? (Video after the jump.)
But look, here’s another two-year-old smoking, from like a year ago! Why does the Indonesian kid get all the street cred? If we’re going to rampage, shouldn’t we rampage equally?
Should a two-year-old (or any kid, or any adult, even) smoke? Of course not. Do we question the video-taping and mass media propagation and ensuing horror regarding this one? Yes. (Listen to all the cameras clicking in this ABC News video decrying the shocking habit. Interesting that third-world parents would choose to get attention this way? Or simply obvious, because they did? Who actually “discovered” this video, anyway?)
Beyond that, do we question whether this is even a baby? Mmm, yes. If he indeed is a baby and not just a pudgy man of diminutive stature with a really good inhale technique, should his parents be publicly shamed, perhaps even flagellated? Yes.
But we’re posting it anyway.
So, go ahead, be horrified or appalled or amused or whatever you’re supposed to be, then go outside and light up, if that’s your wont. Tragedy, schmadgedy, we’ve got bigger fish to fry. Like our lungs, or our bubble-wrap collection.