Mother of Smoking Toddler Says Son is Playing With Toys To Help Him Quit

Rapi Ananda Pamungkas whipped the internet into a frenzy when video footage of him chain-smoking by his mother's market stall in Sukabumi, West Java, went viral earlier this month.

His mother, Maryati, 35, says Rapi is now playing with his toys again, after first crying and begging for cigarettes when he was cut off. 

Earlier this month she was seen lighting cigarettes for her young son, and confessed to buying him two packs per day to stop him from throwing a tantrum. 

Mrs Ananda Pamungkas, a mother-of-six, said Rapi was spoiled and had become used to getting what he wanted by crying and throwing tantrums.

'It started because he was taking cigarettes butts from the road, he said they are delicious.

'It was getting to a point where he was crying, begging for cigarettes, otherwise he would rampage, cry and pull his hair.' 

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