I for one is quite surprise to see this news spread internationally like wild fire for the last few days. Why? Because this boy is not the first case…yes – maybe first case that got such a spotlight – internationally none the less.
There was another boy from Malang that ‘made-it-on-the-news’ last month. This 4 years old boy’s case is more severe, not only that the boy puffing away but also cursing like a sailor. Good to hear that children rights activist group had interfere with government and the boy is now smoke free.
These are just a friction of child smokers in this country, the data from the Central Statistics Agency showed 25 per cent of Indonesian children aged three to 15 have tried cigarettes, with 3.2 per cent of those active smokers.
Although I am a smoker – yes I smoke since I was in college – it’s disturbing to read these kinds of stories. Both DH and I smokes but we do our addictions outside the house and yes I still hope someday we can nip this bad habit in the butt.
Now I can’t stop thinking about this little boy and his new international fame. Medias, international and local has been all over him and the parents of course to take pictures, videos. Does the parents seeks for help or they see the boy as a money making puffing machine? How on earth does a 2 years old get his hands on cigarette in the first place if someone did not give it to him?
As a smoker, if my son threw a tantrum because he wants a cigarette do I give in? Hell NO! He can scream his head off if he wants to! It’s another story if he’s a grown up *maybe at 21 years old!* and if he should ever decided to try smoking then it will be his own decision.
Would you give your son a knife if he bang his head on the wall wanting one? I don’t think so then why is it any difference with cigarette?
Is it a bad parenting – considering the parents of these boy lives in a very rural part of Indonesia where I would assume that their educational level are minimal? Or it’s simply because it’s so easy to buy them unlike in some countries? Heck, I was still asked to show my ID Card when I first got to Upstate, NY and went to buy a cigarette alone.
Yes, Indonesia is a smoking country – you can tell when you get off the plane and out of the arrival gate – the smell of clove cigarettes will welcome you! Jakarta’s Governor had actually implement a new anti-smoking law that banned smoking in all air-conditioned buildings, including restaurants and cafes since last month. Does it work? Nope! I still see people smoking indoors or at cafes and restaurants. Without full law enforcements from the government and limitations on cigarettes ads this law will just fall flat on its behind.
This reminds me of the New York law, sounds similar…no indoor smoking! But the difference is in the States the law for cigarettes ads are more strict. No TV ads at all unlike here where they are all over the airways competing slots with baby formula! Cigarette also sponsors so many major events here from racing to concerts. So big KUDOS to Kelly Clarkson who ditched one of the largest cigarette company from sponsoring hers on the last minute.
I really hope for the sake of that boy, he will get some help he deserves!