Indonesia is believed to be the 5th largest market for tobacco in the world. Nearly 35% of the whole population of the country smokes tobacco on a regular basis. To make the situation even worse, there are no age restrictions and no regulatory authorities to supervise who buys cigarettes. Reportedly, more than 30% of the children living in Indonesia smoke a cigarette before they even turn 10.
A couple of years ago a 2-year-old boy named Aldi Rizal from Sumatra made the global headlines by having a severe smoking habit. He was smoking around 40 cigarettes a day and was only 2 and a half years old back then. The mass media frenzy that followed after the toddler smoking two packs a day shocked the world made the Indonesian government realize the seriousness of the problem.
Professional assistance was immediately given to the Rizal family. The young Aldi was sent to the capital city Jakarta where he spent two weeks in a facility. There Aldi went through therapy sessions which helped him get rid of the nasty 40-a-day habit and realize what it was like to be a normal little young boy for the first time in his life.
Unfortunately, during his rehabilitation period Aldi developed yet another unhealthy addiction. Due to the nicotine withdrawal he developed an extremely strong appetite for all sorts of food. The average weight for a 4-5-year-old boy is 40 pounds while Aldi is currently 57 pounds.
Doctors are hopeful that with a strict diet and the support of his family Aldi will soon lose some weight and learn how to stay healthy.