Toddler with a cigarette

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'Two-year-old addicted to cigarettes.' That's the headline which made me gasp 'no' as it popped up in my Twitter stream.

I must admit that I was sceptical at first. I don't accept everything as truth just because it's on the internet. But as it started showing up more and more on other websites, I had to rethink this. Take one website for instance, Allvoices.com. They show pictures of this two-year-old puffing away at a cigarette. Again my sceptical mind immediately said 'Photoshopped'.

And then there's the video of this little boy who is still in diapers, puffing away like a pro and blowing smoke rings for his playmates' amusement.

Some of you may be angered by this. I was saddened. Heartbroken in fact. Especially at the quote from his father, 'I'm not worried about his health, he looks healthy,' he shrugged.

When did the health and welfare of our children become so irrelevant that something like a toddler smoking is okay?

Lots of little smokers

Stats quoted in the article suggest that 25% of the country's children aged between 3 and 15 have tried cigarettes? And not only have they tried smoking but 3.2% are active smokers.

So it wouldn't be entirely strange to see a 6-year-old walking around with a cigarette hanging out of it's mouth.

The bloggers speak

One of our bloggers posted the Allvoices link and these were the responses from a few of the commentors:

'OH MY WORD! It's unfortunate that gross stupidity is not a crime. Those parents should be locked up.' Luddite Lass

'People like this shouldn't be allowed to have children. The poor child :-( ' Kate

'Oh my hat! How selfish can parents be? The capabilities of taking the easy way out by not being able to deal with the tantrums!' Chanua

Chanua's comment echoed my thoughts. Abuse of children (and the smoking toddler is definitely a form of abuse) is the way of cowards.

A quote by H.E. Bell had me laughing at first, but after reading about the toddler who smokes for fun, I think he may just be right.

'Parents are the very last people who ought to be allowed to have children.'

Do you agree with H.E. Bell's quote? And what are your thoughts on the smoking toddler? Share with us below.


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