This little boy smokes 40 cigarettes or two packs per day and his health is affected badly, until the government intervened and changed his life and health for the better.
Ardi Rizal, unlike other boys of his age, is not interested in “child play,” but rather engaged in a different kind of hobby. He smokes cigarettes—as a matter of fact he smokes two packs of cigarettes per day.
He has developed a severe addiction that not even his parents can stop. According to his mother, Diane, “If he doesn’t get cigarettes, he gets angry and screams, and batters his head against the wall. He tells me he feels sick and dizzy.”
You might think that in this kind of situation, the parents would promptly intervene but unfortunately his father and mother are both passive, saying that “he looked healthy enough.”
A video uploaded in 2010 showed Ardi smoking and the internet was shocked with the image of a little boy smoking his life away at such an early age. Many people expressed anger and frustration over the situation, and the parents’ nonchalance.
Due to the overwhelming reaction on the internet, the Indian government decided it’s time to do something about it. They facilitated a rehabilitation program for Ardi to help him get over his addiction. The rehabilitation proved to be a daunting task, especially for a little boy who turned his nicotine craving to eating food. He became obese and had to be enrolled in another program to manage his obesity.
His life changed when his doctor, Dr. Kak Seto prescribed a play therapy session which took off his mind on his addiction by making him preoccupied with some other things. From then on, things begin to look up for Ardi, he was able to manage his weight and nicotine problems. He got healthier day by day.
Fast forward to the present and Ardi is looking healthier and happier.
His case also sparked an interest in the government to prohibit child smoking in India.