A toddler from Indonesia went viral after his parents revealed he smoked more than 40 cigarettes a day.
It’s now 8 years on and Ardi Rizal has finally beat his addiction thanks to the media and security organizations for children.
However, the young man developed a dependency on food to replace his cravings for cigarettes.
The young boy had to undergo treatment to overcome his addiction to food, and he is now on the path to a healthy lifestyle.
Ardi now stays away from nicotine, eats well, and the results are amazing!
“Now I don’t give him cigarettes, but he eats a lot. With so many people living in the house it’s hard to stop him from getting food.”
At the age of 5, in 2013, he kicked the habit, even though people in his community tried to keep him addicted.
“There are many people still offering Ardi cigarettes,” Diane said. “But he says, ‘I love [Dr.] Kak Seto. He would be sad if I started smoking again and made myself ill.'”
In the wake of quitting, his weight jumped to 24 kg, with 17kg being the “normal” for someone his age. One health disaster gave way to another.