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This Kid Who Went Viral For His Smoking Habit Has Had A Stunning Life Transformation From Viral Trends

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27 Jul 2016 - General
 

Aldi Rizal achieved international fame when he was just two years old. But the Indonesian toddler owed his celebrity status not to acting, singing or dancing, but to chain-smoking. That's right: At the tender age of two, young Aldi was smoking a whopping 40 cigarettes a day. That was six years ago, so let's check in with Aldi, who's now eight.

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The chain-smoking toddler attracted international headlines when the story first broke.

The world looked on with a mixture of revulsion, outrage, horror and morbid curiosity at a boy barely old enough to walk and talk, who nonetheless pounded back dozens of cigarettes each and every day.

Needless to say, smoking is terrible for your health.

Some statistics say that one out of every two long-term smokers will eventually be killed by their destructive habit.

As one of the youngest smokers ever seen, Aldi was on a bad path.

His family tried to steer him in the right direction, but there was more trouble heading his way.

The good news: Aldi was able to cut down on his cigarette habit.

 

His parents were able to wean him off of smoking by reducing the number of cigarettes he smoked every day.

Unfortunately, Aldi traded one addiction for another.

 

As is common with addictive personalities, the absence of smoking created a void in Aldi's life. 

Aldi filled the void by eating.

 

By the age of five, he'd mostly kicked his nicotine habit. But in its place was a different dangerous addiction: Junk food. He ballooned to 56 pounds on a diet of sweets and condensed milk.

His family had trouble dealing with his new addiction.

 

“He eats a lot,” his mom told The Sun, “With so many people in the house it’s hard to stop him getting food.”

The first few years of Aldi's life were extremely unhealthy.

 

But one thing he had going for him was his young age — if he could turn things around, he could look forward to a long life.

With some willpower and the support of his family, Aldi is finally on the right track.

 

He's eating a much more balanced diet now, and the results show. He also has managed to stay away from cigarettes.

It's been six years since Aldi first made international headlines.

 

In that time, the youngster has dealt with devastating addictions to both smoking and eating. But at the age of eight, things are looking up.

If someone like Aldi can bounce back from addiction, so can you.

 

Friends and family are a great support system, but ultimately you're in control of your own destiny. Don't just give in to smoking or poor health — do some reading, talk to your doctor, and make healthy changes in your life.

 

*Credits to Diply

I cannot imagine how this child started smoking in the first place. How can a 2 year-old have access to cigarettes without the provision of his parents/guardian? I'm wondering whether the parents of this child were held responsible especially this child gained international media attention. It is good to know that the child was able to quit smoking and is currently adapting a healthier lifestyle. However, from the neurological perspective, smoking at early age may potentially cause cognitive...
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Can someone from Indonesia clarify this? I heard that one of the one of the troubles in one community in Indonesia are the smoking children. It is not just this viral kid that learned how to smoke at such a very young age. I don't know if I am right about that, please do shed some light on it.

I did watch his video few years back, he did have tantrums whenever his cigarette pack was kept away from him. It was a good thing that this child had kicked that habit out, and I am still hop...
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A 2 year old smoking 40 cigarettes a day? Seriously? Although I don't have proof, I think that the parents of this kid should take the full responsibility for his addiction. He didn't start with 40 cigarettes a day. There must be a day that he smoked his first cigarette. His second, third and his fourth. His smoking must have gone up to 10 per day, then 20 per day then 30. It must have taken months for the child to get to the point of smoking 40 cigarettes a day. And I can't believe ...
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For many people struggling with addiction like aldi, the biggest and toughest step toward recovery is the very first one: deciding to make a change. It’s normal to feel conflicted about giving up your drug of choice, even when you realize it’s causing problems in your life. Change is never easy and committing to sobriety involves changing many things, including: the way you deal with stress, who you allow in your life, what you do in your free time, how you think about yourself. You may wonder i...
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