小编摘要：8 岁的 Aldi Ilham来自西爪哇省的 Sukabumi，他在 4 岁时就开始吸烟了。没有去上学，他靠帮助别人停车来挣钱买烟。他上瘾的程度达到每天吸烟最多达到 2 包。
8 year old Aldi Ilham from Sukabumi West Java, first started smoking when he was 4 years old. Instead of going to school, he would park cars to earn change for cigarettes. And at the height of his addiction, he was smoking up to 2 packs a day.
His is one of the 8 cases that the Children Protection Commission led by Aris Meredek Sirait is citing in a law suit against the government and tobacco companies later this month.
“The government is not able to control cigarette products. There are no regulations to control the sale of cigarettes. They are even sold as single cigarettes. Nor are there any controls on tobacco advertising.”
Without any government restrictions, cigarette advertisements are plastered throughout downtown Jakarta. Some are designed to appeal to younger consumers who can also legally purchase cigarettes.
Roadside stores like this one opposite to a local high school, sell cigarettes for about one U.S dollar. Store holder Ibu Surniah admits that while it’s not morally right, she still sells to teenagers.
“It’s forbidden to sell cigarettes to children, but I give it to them if they insist because they want it.”
With 50 million smokers in the country, there’s little widespread knowledge among Indonesians about the health dangers of smoking.
Many people smoke freely in front of their children. Something Umar Ilham’s father says, has to stop.
“We just ask for those responsible from the tobacco companies and the government to help us, because our son is really sick from smoking.”
Government officials and tobacco company executives refused to interview the request. One spokesman for Sampoerna Tobacco said while the company does not condone child smoking, parents play an influential role in preventing their children from smoking.
For now, child health advocates merely want to restrict sales and curb advertisements that help get minors started smoking, long before they are capable of knowing what that habit means for their health.