Father Arrested After Forcing 9-Month-Old Son To Smoke

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Growing up, my parents were heavy smokers. They would smoke about a pack of cigarettes a day, and it took them more than 20 years to quit.

Luckily, they knew the consequences of secondhand smoke and never lit one up in front of my brother and I. While you would assume their actions were based off of common sense and human decency, not everyone thinks this way.

Some even go a step too far.

An Indonesian man, who is only identified as Muzammil, 36, is facing time in the slammer for forcing his son to smoke a cigarette at only nine-months-old.

He allegedly put a cigarette in his son's mouth and got his 18-year-old wife named Ummu Salamah take a picture at their family home, which he deemed "hilarious."

He then put the photo on social media, where it was discovered by the local police, and promptly arrested him.

While Muzammil had been charged, his wife wasn't taken into custody for reasons unknown.

"We have secured the father for putting the cigarette in the infant’s mouth, even if the baby is his own child," Bangkalan Police spokesman Bidarudin said.

"The child had the lit cigarette in his mouth. The culprit sat the child up, and he also held the child up by the arms because he was worried that (the baby) would get burned by cigarette ash."

Muzammil faces up to six months in jail under the Child Protection Act, but there is no specific law that prohibits children to smoke.

But this isn't the first time a smoking child has racked up controversy.

In 2010, a two-year-old Indonesian boy made headlines when it was discovered he would smoke at least 40 cigarettes a day. It would take him two years to kick the habit.

"At first when we were weaning Ardi off the cigarettes he would have terrible tantrums," Ardi Rizal's mother Diane said in 2013. "But now he doesn't want them."

While the Indonesian government provided special rehabilitation to help Rizal end his addiction, he started to develop a food addiction to make up for the lack of cigarettes.

At the age of five, Rizal weighted a whopping 53 lbs, when the recommendation for boys in his age group was about 15 lbs less. While it may not seem like a tremendous difference, for a young child, it can cause serious harm.

Luckily, Rizal's family took him to see a nutritionist who helped him lose the extra pounds. At 10 years old, he is now an active and healthy boy.

[H/T: Daily Mail, Daily Mirror]