I was watching TV and they showed this 2 year old kid from Indonesia who’s smoking 4o cigarettes a day. I just could not believe it. But when I searched on YouTube it’s there. It really struck me that it’s been going on here in the Philippines too. Only thing I never saw as young as 2 years old smoked cigarettes here. But I’ve seen as young as 8 years old smoking here. How could a kid starts smoking at that age?
Imagined that kid from Indonesia really started smoking when he was 18 months old, it shows on some of the videos on Youtube. As a parent I know that when my sons was at that aged of 18 months old, they don’t know a thing for sure. We parents really watched them closely at that aged. That’s the time they starts getting into everything at the house. They will walk with no directions and a lot of times banged up their heads into the table, or they fell off from a chair, climb up the coffee table, gets into moms nice decor or dad’s computer, they will touch almost all the stuff inside the house. That’s around that age when they started to be curious on whats surrounds them. They will watched you on how you react when they get into things. The time when they will figure it out if they can manipulate you or not. In short the beginning of terrible two’s.
How could a kid get a hold of a cigarette? The dad must be putting the cigarettes where the kid had access. I know the dad was a smoker, but how could he allow his son smokes as early as 18 months old. At that age the kids wanting were to eat, drink milk from a bottle and play. I have to blame the parents for the child’s welfare. That kid just didn’t know what he was doing. He should be with the parents care. I don’t have problems people smoking, it’s really a choice of every person. But with that toddler smoking at that age, then I really have a problem.
That’s one thing about here in the Philippines and I think all third world countries. No regulations on how old the kids be allowed to buy cigarettes and liquor. Here the 2 year old can purchased those too. I think anyway. The parents even asked the kid to lite the cigarettes for them. Some kids they will get curious and try. Then they will get hooked and addicted to it. I’ve seen parents do that to their kids. I know sometimes that it’s like that in the province. Been seeing those when growing up. My dad smoked cigars once in awhile. He never asked me or my other sisters to lite the cigars for him. He always said to us before not to start any vices, it is hard to kick the habits out. Really true.
I have few nephews that’s been smoking cigarettes. My sisters and brothers-in-law are not happy about that. Sometimes my nephews has to go somewhere to smoked to avoid the “nagging,” that’s how they phrase it. They know that it’s a never ending talk. Just like one of my oldest brother, he starts smoking when he was young because he hangs out with my uncles that’s a few years older than him. They really taught him how to gamble too. My dad told him and advised him not to smoke and drink and gamble because he doesn’t have lot of money and it would be hard for him to discipline his kids later, but he did not listen. My brother he married at the young age. The money that supposed to be for his vices he could have used it for the needs of his kids. Now when I saw him he would tell me that he wished to God, that he should have listened to our dad. I told him its too late now, just try to advice his grand kids and other family members. Most of his sons are smokers and would drink too. He can’t really advise his sons not to smoke because he, himself is a smoker. Luckily my nephews are not asking my brother for money to support the grand kids. Some of them have good businesses and some are working abroad.
Really the Philippines needs to have tougher regulations for the kids to have access on buying cigarettes and liquor. I know here in Davao we have regulations on smoking in public places, restaurants, government offices, malls, hotels and many other places. Not sure if they have regulations on kids buying cigarettes or liquor though.
On a side note: ***This is just my take on that kid in Indonesia and my observation here in my country. I am not trying to be bossy to anyone that smokes here. Hey, you’re an adult you can do what you want to do with your life. ***