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There's no "Guinness Book of World Records" category for the world's youngest smoker -- but there might be an opening for World's Worst Dad.


When a 2-year-old engages in behavior usually reserved for adults -- playing piano, calculating complicated math problems -- the world usually sits up and takes notice. But when a toddler has a very grown-up habit of smoking a pack of cigarettes a day the reaction is one of disgust.

What started as dad Tong Liangliang's attempt to help his son deal with the pain of a hernia, has turned into a habit the tot now can't quit -- throwing tantrums if he's denied a drag.

The father wasn't aware of how serious the toddler's habit became until the child began to increase the number of cigarettes he smoked per day, China Radio International reported.

Starting a smoking habit at an early age is nothing to be proud of, but in 2005 a 37-year-old tried to get himself entered into the "Guinness Book of Records," claiming he had smoked since he was 3. His application was denied.

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11 comments so far | Post a comment now
Can Can June 26, 2009, 3:46 PM

It is getting more and more common for parents to indulge their kids, even to their detriment.

Nell June 26, 2009, 4:56 PM

Maybe I’m being uptight, but this seems like it might be child-abuse to me.

Anonymous June 29, 2009, 3:20 PM

That is disgusting ! Those poor lungs on the baby.

KeCo June 30, 2009, 6:05 AM

This article is found under the heading “fun & games” and tagged “weird & fun logic”?

How about making a more suitable heading and tags?

jules June 30, 2009, 8:27 AM

yes, this is not the proper heading for the article. how about “child abuse”.
i am so disgusted!! what the heck is wrong with people!!! This should not be tolerated!!!!

jt June 30, 2009, 9:29 AM

dang if they can afford cigarettes why not a dr for the babies hernia never heard of anything so stupid.

zp June 30, 2009, 9:33 AM

And Momlogic thinks it was a good idea to post an article on tot-smoking because…? The same idea as the dad. Publicity! I have a good idea for the dad and for Momlogic. Stop using kids and the abuse of kids to self-promote! Just say no and pass it off to some other dohdoh-brain.

lauraine June 30, 2009, 10:38 AM

lets petion to gave a vasectomy with out putting him under that is ABUSED WORSED KIND . WORLD BOOK OF WORST PARENT

Kristie June 30, 2009, 12:54 PM

I am absolutely sick to my stomach. Definitely abuse. Nell, you are not uptight, you care for kids. Think about how difficult it is for adults to quit smoking, and they have more tools than a two year old addicted to nicotine. How terribly sad.

lou July 8, 2009, 7:27 PM

Cigarettes to help a toddler deal with hernia pain? What do you give him to deal with the pain of cancer or emphysema that the will have in a few short years? This father has destroyed this child’s life. This is undeniably child abuse.

WMDKitty August 27, 2009, 12:13 AM

What the hell? Just… what the HELL?!

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