November 18, 2013 by The ReadyWriter
Aldi Rizal (pictured above) became an international media sensation when he was discovered in a poor village in Sumatra, Indonesia, puffing on a cigarette while riding his tricycle. At the age of two, this kid shocked the world after being pictured chain-smoking cigarettes.
Two years later, at five-year-old, he’s managed to kick the habit, but now he has another addiction…food.
The outcry led to the Indonesian government launching a campaign to tackle the problem of children smoking and organising special rehabilitation treatment to help Aldi quit.
Aldi was taken for play therapy sessions in the capital Jakarta for two weeks to take his mind off his 40-a-day habit and learn to be a normal toddler for the first time.
A new documentary series revisits the family two years on to find out how Aldi is getting on and reveals he has managed to stay off the cigarettes, but is still dangerously unhealthy.