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Two-Year-Old Boy Hooked on Cigarettes, Father Claims

An Indonesian father claims his two-year-old son is addicted to cigarettes, The Sun reported Saturday.

Mohammad Rizal, from the Southeast Asian country's Musi Banyuasin province, said his son Rizal is hooked on tobacco after having his first cigarette at just 18 months old.

But Rizal said he is unfazed by his son's smoking habit.

"I'm not worried about his health -- he looks healthy," he said.

"He cries and throws tantrums when we don't let him smoke. He's addicted."

Indonesia has a major problem with child smokers -- 25 percent of three to 15-year-olds smoked at least once according to the Central Statistics Agency.

Seto Mulyadi, chairman of Indonesia's child protection commission, said parents who smoke and aggressive advertising are responsible for the rise in the number of child smokers, ANI reported.

"A law to protect children and passive smokers should be introduced immediately in this country," Mulyadi said.