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    Tuesday, 14 April 2015

    PHOTOS: Meet 7-year-old boy who smokes 16 cigarettes a day after cutting down from 3 packets a day.

    A seven-year-old boy who has been addicted to cigarettes since he was just THREE now smokes 16 fags daily – after cutting down from three packets a day.

    Dihan Awalidan, from West Java in Indonesia, is just one of the handful of young boys in the small village of Cicapar who reject more traditional playtime pursuits in favour of a smoke.

    Together with three of his friends, Nawan, 11, Jujun, 7 and Dede, 8, Dihan lights up approximately 16 times a day – and his parents say they’re powerless to stop him.

    He buys his Kretek cigarettes with pocket money or steals coins from his mother’s purse to fund the habit.
    A seven-year-old boy who has been addicted to cigarettes since he was just THREE now smokes 16 fags daily – after cutting down from three packets a day
    Both his parents smoke and Dihan is constantly bombarded by the abundance of advertising from tobcco companies in the region.
    But despite his parents’ and teachers’ pleading, the young boy is unable to quit and often disappears to nearby paddy fields to get his fix.

    His father Iyan, 36, said: “Dihan has been smoking since the age of three. At that time he could smoke three packs of cigarettes.

    “If he was not given cigarette money he would get angry or steal cigarettes.”
    A seven-year-old boy who has been addicted to cigarettes since he was just THREE now smokes 16 fags daily – after cutting down from three packets a day

    Now Dihan has cut down – but refuses to quit entirely.

    Despite the graphic health warnings displayed prominently on the packets, the young boys believe the images to be fake.

    But Dihan’s lips have already begun to turn black from the amount of tar he inhales into his young lungs.

    His 32-year-old mother, Tati, is also desperate for her young son to stop smoking before he causes long-term damage to his health.

    She said: “If Dihan doesn’t smoke he cries. Now he smokes secretly, not openly as he used to. He smokes in the fields near the house.”
    A seven-year-old boy who has been addicted to cigarettes since he was just THREE now smokes 16 fags daily – after cutting down from three packets a day

    Shockingly, Dihan and his friends’ dangerous past-time is a growing trend in the southeast Asian nation.

    Indonesia is one of the tobacco industry’s key playgrounds, according to Matt Myers, president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

    It is the fifth largest tobacco market in the world and one third of young people have tried a cigarette before the age of 10. 


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