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8-year-old boy has 'two packs of cigarettes a day'

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An 8-year-old schoolboy in Indonesia has taken advantage of the lack of minimum age for smoking by having two packs of cigarettes a day.

Ilham, residing in a village in West Java, initially picked up the habit aged 4 before his parents began to grow concerned, according to Antara News.

His father claimed that if he refused cigarettes, Ilham would throw tantrums and "smash glass windows or anything".

The addiction has also had an impact on his education, with the father adding: "He doesn't want to go to school anymore. He spends his whole day smoking and playing."

Ilham's case has been used by the country's Child Protection Commission to demonstrate the negative effects of the low cost of cigarettes and the lack of minimum age laws in Indonesia.

Tobacco accounts for the second-largest proportion of household expenditure in the country, only beaten by food.

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