Chain-smoking toddler “risking brain damage” if he keeps up his shocking two-pack-a day habbit, according to expert
The chain-smoking Indonesian toddler who whipped the internet into a frenzy could cause brain damage if he keeps up his shocking habit, experts have revealed.
Fresh footage shows Rapi Ananda Pamungkas, two, puffing in front of his smiling mother after picking up a two-pack-a-day addiction two months ago in in Sukabumi, West Java.
As the family bows to public pressure to help the toddler kick his habit, experts have revealed the harrowing reality of the damage that could be done.
UNSW Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Colin Mendelsohn, said Rapi faces a host of health hazards if he keeps it up.
Colin, 66, said: “Animal studies have shown nicotine damages the developing brain.”
“It can lead to permanent problems with brain functioning, emotional development, and other cognitive functions.”
“All the other symptoms – heart disease, lung disease, cancer – will kick in at a much earlier age.
“What’s more, the younger kids start, the more dependent they become, so he will become addicted to that and primed for other addictions as well.”