Photographer Documents Underage Smoking In Indonesia

No matter where you stand on the issue of smoking everyone can agree that children shouldn’t smoke, and seeing a little kid puffing away on a cigarette just looks wrong.

There are so many kids smoking cigarettes in Indonesia these days that it's becoming a national epidemic, and at the same time oddly accepted by people who just look the other way as kids smoke like chimneys.

Photographer Michelle Siu shot a series of portraits entitled “Marlboro Boys” that focuses on the huge underage smoking problem in Indonesia, a problem recently made public when a two-year-old named Aldi Rizal kicked a two pack a day habit.

"Marlboro Boys" is a cautionary tale, a beautiful collection of striking images, and an effective way to expose the temptation Indonesian children are facing thanks to marketing aimed at teens and the highly addictive nature of cigarettes.

-Via Juxtapoz

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I totally agree- people I know who started smoking in junior high (11-13) still struggle with it to this day, but my friends and I who started smoking late in high school were able to quit much easier. Imagine how hard it's going to be for these kids to kick the habit when they're smoking at such a young age! I see gummy nicotine tablets in our future...
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I personally think the younger you are the faster your'e addicted. I tried my first one at 11 just to see why people liked it. Big mistake. Addicted from the first drag. I'm 31 now and still addicted.
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