His year-old mother Manar says she has repeatedly tried to stop him from smoking, but to no avail. Smoking is becoming increasingly popular amongst children and adolescents in the city of Idlib and its countryside, with parents and educators warning that psychological pressure and family issues caused by the war are the main drivers behind this phenomenon. But I was surprised to see him one day smoking a cigarette immediately after he got home from work. However, he answered that he was no longer a child and was now a man after the death of his father. As the breadwinner, he was entitled to the same things adults were… so he had the right to smoke.
Indonesian Rapi Ananda Pamungka is only two years old but he has already made international headlines for his chain-smoking habits. The toddler, who lives in Sukabumi province in west Java, has been smoking for about a month, often going through two packs a day. According to local news website Sukabumi Update, Rapi became addicted to smoking after he picked up used cigarette butts off the floor. His year-old mother, known only as Maryati, said that Rapi would throw a fit if his parents tried to put a stop to his addiction. If I don't buy cigarettes for him, he would throw a tantrum. Recently, he asked to go to the coffee shop to drink coffee while smoking," she said. He will start rampaging and crying," Maryati was quoted as saying in the British newspaper The Sun.
By Emily Webber For Mailonline. A boy at a Turkish football match is seen smoking in the stalls while he waits for the game to start. Before the players head onto the pitch, he is spotted taking a drag from his cigarette by a TV camera.
When Canadian photographer Michelle Siu heard about this alarming statistic, she felt it was something she needed to document. Smoking has become ingrained in Indonesian culture where some children are having their first cigarette by the age of four, Siu tells TIME. Many Indonesians make their livelihood through tobacco farming, and are surrounded by cigarettes from an early age. Smoking regulations in Indonesia are few and far between, and it is not uncommon to see children smoking cigarettes on public buses on their way to and from school. In Marlboro's Boys , Siu examines the loss of innocence that these young smokers exhibit.