Indonesian toddler Ardi Rizal quits smoking

CBS’ The Early Show reports on Ardi Rizal’s efforts to quit smoking.

Ardi Rizal, the controversial chain smoking two-year-old boy from Indonesia, has reportedly quit the habit after about a month of therapy, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP) via ABS-CBNNews.com.

Rizal first caught the world’s attention when a video of him heavily smoking was uploaded on the Internet in May. According to AFP, it also "drew attention to Indonesia’s failure to regulate the tobacco industry." Now, the boy who used to smoke about 40 sticks a day "does not ask for cigarettes anymore," AFP quoted Arist Merdeka Sirait, secretary-general of the National Commission for Child Protection.

Following an intervention by health officials, Rizal entered a rehabilitation center in Jakarta, Indonesia in July, according to DailyMail.co.uk. "He received psychosocial therapy for one month, during which therapists kept him busy with activities and encouraged him to play with kids of the same age," Sirait said in the AFP report. "We diverted his addiction from cigarettes to playing."

A battery of tests at the rehab center showed that Rizal has heart problems, but "that could be from his obesity rather than his serial smoking," reports DailyMail.co.uk.

Rizal has headed home to a remote fishing village in Indonesia where "the true test begins," according to CBS’ The Early Show. "Hopes are high but temptation is everywhere." The Early Show also reported that it is the local government’s job to monitor Rizal and make sure he does not start smoking again.

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