Tobacco smoking has been known to plague billions of people worldwide and the second hand smoke arising from these cigarettes is known to kill millions each year. As per the latest statistical data, in Indonesia, over one quarter of all children has tried smoking a regular cigarette even though they are just three years old or more. This is an alarming figure, seeing the fact that children as young as three year olds are now smoking cigarettes like adults. One of the main reasons that have been cited for this trend is the complete lack of tobacco regulations in Indonesia and the increasing dependence of children on tobacco products. Apart from smoking, children have also been seen chewing tobacco.

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As per the Indonesian Commission for Child Protection, it has been found that children are increasingly being exposed to tobacco cigarettes and this is the main reason why children from all walks of lives and belonging to various sections of the society are smoking tobacco cigarettes on a regular basis and are not being stopped from this hideous act by the concerned authorities. Apparently, one of the main reasons why this is happening is because the government does not deem it fit to impose regulations on the highly lucrative tobacco industry, which is a huge money generator for the government.

Another reason that has been cited by the Indonesian Commission for Child Protection, as to why Indonesian children above the age of three years are known to smoke cigarettes is because of the high affordable factor. In Indonesia, cigarettes are very cheap and a child can easily hope to get hold of a pack for as less as $1. The ironical part is that there is no age restriction on the purchase of cigarettes and even a three or a four year old child is permitted to make a purchase from a local shop. This makes cigarette smoking the most rampant act in the society.

As per Mary Schiavocampo, who happens to be an author, “The act of a ten year old child walking into a cigarette shop and purchasing a pack of cigarettes is quite common in Indonesia.” Besides, the advertisements showcased on TV, radio as well as in the form of posters, prompt children to smoke cigarettes on a regular basis. Apparently, it has been noticed that government restrictions may help curb the issue but unless and until parents of these children impose restrictions on cigarette smoking, this menace is never going to stop in Indonesia.