London, March 23 (IANS) An Indonesian boy has been smoking since he was four years old and gets through a pack of 20 cigarettes in just one day.
Although his case is shocking to the Western world, it is not such a rare sight in Indonesia where it is estimated that about a million children under the age of 16 smoke, and that one-third of Indonesian children try smoking before the age of 10.
Eight-year-old Aldi Ilham, from Sukabumi, Indonesia, is now receiving help for his addiction, but his small body has already been seriously damaged from the effects of his destructive habit, Daily Mail reported.
Indonesia, the fourth most populous country on earth, appears to be in the clutches of an uncontrolled tobacco habit.
In Indonesia, it is perfectly legal for a child of any age to buy and smoke cigarettes.
Tobacco is linked to the death of six million people worldwide each year, according to the World Health Organization. Most deaths are in low- and middle-income countries.