8-year-old chain-smoker sent to rehab

March 19, 2012 at 10:23 AM
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PASAR REBO, Indonesia, March 19 (UPI) -- An 8-year-old boy was admitted to a rehabilitation center in East Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday for his addiction to nicotine, officials said.

Local news reports said the youngster smoked up to four packs of cigarettes a day.

The National Commission for Child Protection in Pasar Rebo admitted the Indonesian child to the center, where he will stay for a month, The Jakarta Post reported.

"This is our attempt to save children from nicotine addiction," said Arist Merdeka Sirait, head of the commission.

"We will provide medical checkups and better foster care," said Adrialti Syamsul, head of a health facility in Sukabumi, the boy's hometown.

Two years ago, videos of 2- and 4-year-old Indonesian boys smoking created an international stir.

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