A Dubious Honor for China: World’s Youngest Smoker

Posted on July 30, 2009

The official position of China’s national government on the subject of smoking is that it’s bad for you and you should stop; better yet, don’t take up the habit in the first place. Excellent advice, but for one particular citizen of the city of Tianjin, alas, it’s too late.

Tong Liangliang is not what you’d call a long-term smoker. In fact, he took up the habit only about half a year ago. In terms of sheer quantity of cigarettes consumed, though, he’s working pretty hard to catch up with the veterans. They say he’s already putting away a pack a day.

Problem is, Tong Liangliang is only two years old!

A Dubious Honor for China: Worlds Youngest Smoker picture

The toddler has his father to thank for this situation. At the age of only a year-and-a-half, his dad says, little Liangliang suffered from pain from a hernia. But he was too young to undergo surgery at the time, so the man taught him to smoke, thinking it might offer the poor kid some relief.

It’s not clear whether the treatment had the intended effect. It achieved two other tangible results, however. First, it earned the tiny boy the distinction of being what must be the world’s youngest smoker. At the very least, he’s the youngest one able to do his own lighting up, a procedure he pulls off with the practiced style of a 40-year-old, in a spectacle that’s downright eerie to watch.

Second, it presumably ruined little Liangliang’s life. There’s no question the boy has the habit, and he’s got it bad—they say he gets pretty cranky when his cigarette supply runs out. Furthermore, at a pack a day already, it’s hard to imagine the teensy tyke ever growing up and developing like a normal child. Let’s just say that for the moment, at least, Yao Ming doesn’t have much to worry about.

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A Dubious Honor for China: Worlds Youngest Smoker picture

DanBing

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12 comments
Marebear
Marebear

And this is why some people should be sterilized at birth, and never be allowed to have children. Stupid people shouldn't breed.

Boo-yo
Boo-yo

Oh goodness... well it's nothing to get too crazy about. So the kid smokes? Lots of kids do... atleast its not drinking.

Random
Random

If he's in pain....he should just smoke weed instead, it relaxes you.

anon
anon

the sick fvck father who did this 2 his own flesh and blood aught to be shot and so should all parties that have benefit from this video.

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except china has heavy laws against drugs

meppl
meppl

of course its okay to let this kid smoke some cigarettes, nothing bad will happen. its much worse when children in western countrys have trouble with obese. western society accepts this obese. you should choose your taboos rationally/logically and less stupid.

Vhast
Vhast

So one heart disease is worse than the other heart disease. I happen to be a member of western society, and I'm not obese, but I am a smoker. Does that mean that my blood pressure being too high from smoking is any less worse than an obese persons blood pressure being too high from lack of proper diet and activity? The bottom line is this kid's life is ruined because of the effects that the tar has had on his lungs. Let's not drag the western society hate banner out of the closet for such a ridiculous occasion. Hopefully they put him on the patch soon so that over the next few years some of the health problems attributed to smoking can subside.

meppl
meppl

but i assume that the kid is no smoker like you. i guess he is smoking as seldom as me. i was smoking cigarettes which the age of 7 years, too, and i did not become such a excessive smoker with diseases.