Boy who used to smoke 40 cigarettes a day kicks the habit, is now living a healthy lifestyle

When Ardi Rizal was 2 years old, he turned heads worldwide after footage of him chain-smoking cigarettes surfaced. Now, 9, the boy has kicked the habit and is living a healthy lifestyle.

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Rizal, who lives in a remote Sumatran village in Indonesia, also became addicted to junk food after his parents weaned him off cigarettes amid an international outcry over his smoking habit.

It was reported that when Rizal was 2 years old, he was smoking at least 40 cigarettes a day. By age 5, he developed a junk food habit in place of his smoking addiction.

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SEKAYU, INDONESIA - MAY 23: *** EXCLUSIVE *** Aldi SugandaRizal (2 years-old) smoking a cigarette while playing at the family home on May 23, 2010 in Sekayu district, South Sumatera, Indonesia. These are the first shocking pictures of smoking toddler Ardi Rizal, who throws tantrums if he can't smoke 40 cigarettes a day. He got addicted after dad Mohammed gave him a cigarette at 18 months old. Now he weighs 4st and trundles round on a toy truck blowing smoke rings, too unfit to run with other kids. Mum Diana, 26, wept: 'He's totally addicted. If he doesn't get cigarettes, he gets angry and screams and batters his head against the wall. He tells me he feels dizzy and sick.' Ardi will smoke only one brand and his habit costs his parents �3.78 a day in Musi Banyuasin, Indonesia. Officials have offered to buy the family a car if he quits, but fishmonger Mohammed, 30, said: 'He looks pretty healthy to me. I don't see the problem.' (Photo by Ardiles Rante / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
***EXCLUSIVE*** SUMATRA, INDONESIA - APRIL 15: Ardi Rizal (9 years Old), an elementary school student has a habit of smoking 40 cigarettes a day, seen at his home on April 15, 2017 in Sumatra, Indonesia. The youngster was discovered in a poor village in Sumatra puffing on a cigarette while riding his trike. Now nine-years-old, Ardi Rizal sits in 4th grade on elementary school and was cured of the addiction to smoking and obesity due to smoking cigarettes. Currently Ardi is often the champion of class at school. PHOTOGRAPH BY Sijori Images / Barcroft India London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Sijori Images / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
***EXCLUSIVE*** SUMATRA, INDONESIA - APRIL 15: Ardi Rizal seen playing with his friends at the neighbour's front yard on April 15, 2017 in Sumatra, Indonesia. The youngster was discovered in a poor village in Sumatra puffing on a cigarette while riding his trike. Now nine-years-old, Ardi Rizal sits in 4th grade on elementary school and was cured of the addiction to smoking and obesity due to smoking cigarettes. Currently Ardi is often the champion of class at school. PHOTOGRAPH BY Sijori Images / Barcroft India London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Sijori Images / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
***EXCLUSIVE*** SUMATRA, INDONESIA - APRIL 15: Ardi Rizal seen playing with his friends at the neighbour's front yard on April 15, 2017 in Sumatra, Indonesia. The youngster was discovered in a poor village in Sumatra puffing on a cigarette while riding his trike. Now nine-years-old, Ardi Rizal sits in 4th grade on elementary school and was cured of the addiction to smoking and obesity due to smoking cigarettes. Currently Ardi is often the champion of class at school. PHOTOGRAPH BY Sijori Images / Barcroft India London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Sijori Images / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
***EXCLUSIVE*** SUMATRA, INDONESIA - APRIL 15: Ardi Rizal seen playing with his friends at the neighbour's front yard on April 15, 2017 in Sumatra, Indonesia. The youngster was discovered in a poor village in Sumatra puffing on a cigarette while riding his trike. Now nine-years-old, Ardi Rizal sits in 4th grade on elementary school and was cured of the addiction to smoking and obesity due to smoking cigarettes. Currently Ardi is often the champion of class at school. PHOTOGRAPH BY Sijori Images / Barcroft India London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Sijori Images / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
***EXCLUSIVE*** SUMATRA, INDONESIA - APRIL 15: Ardi Rizal shows his photographs of smoking at the age of 2 years on April 15, 2017 in Sumatra, Indonesia. The Youngster was discovered in a poor village in sumatra puffing on a cigarette while riding his trike. Now nine-years-old, Ardi Rizal sits in 4th grade on elementary school and was cured of the addiction to smoking and obesity due to smoking cigarettes. Currently Ardi is often the champion of class at school. PHOTOGRAPH BY Sijori Images / Barcroft India London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Sijori Images / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
SEKAYU, INDONESIA - MAY 23: *** EXCLUSIVE *** Aldi SugandaRizal (2 years-old) smoking a cigarette while playing at the family home on May 23, 2010 in Sekayu district, South Sumatera, Indonesia. These are the first shocking pictures of smoking toddler Ardi Rizal, who throws tantrums if he can't smoke 40 cigarettes a day. He got addicted after dad Mohammed gave him a cigarette at 18 months old. Now he weighs 4st and trundles round on a toy truck blowing smoke rings, too unfit to run with other kids. Mum Diana, 26, wept: 'He's totally addicted. If he doesn't get cigarettes, he gets angry and screams and batters his head against the wall. He tells me he feels dizzy and sick.' Ardi will smoke only one brand and his habit costs his parents �3.78 a day in Musi Banyuasin, Indonesia. Officials have offered to buy the family a car if he quits, but fishmonger Mohammed, 30, said: 'He looks pretty healthy to me. I don't see the problem.' (Photo by Ardiles Rante / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
SEKAYU, INDONESIA - MAY 23: *** EXCLUSIVE *** Aldi SugandaRizal (2 years-old) smoking a cigarette while playing at the family home on May 23, 2010 in Sekayu district, South Sumatera, Indonesia. These are the first shocking pictures of smoking toddler Ardi Rizal, who throws tantrums if he can't smoke 40 cigarettes a day. He got addicted after dad Mohammed gave him a cigarette at 18 months old. Now he weighs 4st and trundles round on a toy truck blowing smoke rings, too unfit to run with other kids. Mum Diana, 26, wept: 'He's totally addicted. If he doesn't get cigarettes, he gets angry and screams and batters his head against the wall. He tells me he feels dizzy and sick.' Ardi will smoke only one brand and his habit costs his parents �3.78 a day in Musi Banyuasin, Indonesia. Officials have offered to buy the family a car if he quits, but fishmonger Mohammed, 30, said: 'He looks pretty healthy to me. I don't see the problem.' (Photo by Ardiles Rante / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
SEKAYU, INDONESIA - MAY 23: *** EXCLUSIVE *** Aldi SugandaRizal (2 years-old) smoking a cigarette while playing at the family home on May 23, 2010 in Sekayu district, South Sumatera, Indonesia. These are the first shocking pictures of smoking toddler Ardi Rizal, who throws tantrums if he can't smoke 40 cigarettes a day. He got addicted after dad Mohammed gave him a cigarette at 18 months old. Now he weighs 4st and trundles round on a toy truck blowing smoke rings, too unfit to run with other kids. Mum Diana, 26, wept: 'He's totally addicted. If he doesn't get cigarettes, he gets angry and screams and batters his head against the wall. He tells me he feels dizzy and sick.' Ardi will smoke only one brand and his habit costs his parents �3.78 a day in Musi Banyuasin, Indonesia. Officials have offered to buy the family a car if he quits, but fishmonger Mohammed, 30, said: 'He looks pretty healthy to me. I don't see the problem.' (Photo by Ardiles Rante / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
***EXCLUSIVE*** SUMATRA, INDONESIA - APRIL 15: Ardi Rizal (9 years Old), an elementary school student has a habit of smoking 40 cigarettes a day, seen at his home on April 15, 2017 in Sumatra, Indonesia. The youngster was discovered in a poor village in Sumatra puffing on a cigarette while riding his trike. Now nine-years-old, Ardi Rizal sits in 4th grade on elementary school and was cured of the addiction to smoking and obesity due to smoking cigarettes. Currently Ardi is often the champion of class at school. PHOTOGRAPH BY Sijori Images / Barcroft India London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Sijori Images / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
SEKAYU, INDONESIA - MAY 23: *** EXCLUSIVE *** Aldi SugandaRizal (2 years-old) smoking a cigarette while playing at the family home on May 23, 2010 in Sekayu district, South Sumatera, Indonesia. These are the first shocking pictures of smoking toddler Ardi Rizal, who throws tantrums if he can't smoke 40 cigarettes a day. He got addicted after dad Mohammed gave him a cigarette at 18 months old. Now he weighs 4st and trundles round on a toy truck blowing smoke rings, too unfit to run with other kids. Mum Diana, 26, wept: 'He's totally addicted. If he doesn't get cigarettes, he gets angry and screams and batters his head against the wall. He tells me he feels dizzy and sick.' Ardi will smoke only one brand and his habit costs his parents �3.78 a day in Musi Banyuasin, Indonesia. Officials have offered to buy the family a car if he quits, but fishmonger Mohammed, 30, said: 'He looks pretty healthy to me. I don't see the problem.' (Photo by Ardiles Rante / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
SEKAYU, INDONESIA - MAY 23: *** EXCLUSIVE *** Aldi SugandaRizal (2 years-old) smoking a cigarette while playing at the family home on May 23, 2010 in Sekayu district, South Sumatera, Indonesia. These are the first shocking pictures of smoking toddler Ardi Rizal, who throws tantrums if he can't smoke 40 cigarettes a day. He got addicted after dad Mohammed gave him a cigarette at 18 months old. Now he weighs 4st and trundles round on a toy truck blowing smoke rings, too unfit to run with other kids. Mum Diana, 26, wept: 'He's totally addicted. If he doesn't get cigarettes, he gets angry and screams and batters his head against the wall. He tells me he feels dizzy and sick.' Ardi will smoke only one brand and his habit costs his parents �3.78 a day in Musi Banyuasin, Indonesia. Officials have offered to buy the family a car if he quits, but fishmonger Mohammed, 30, said: 'He looks pretty healthy to me. I don't see the problem.' (Photo by Ardiles Rante / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
SEKAYU, INDONESIA - MAY 23: *** EXCLUSIVE *** Aldi SugandaRizal (2 years-old) smoking a cigarette while playing at the family home on May 23, 2010 in Sekayu district, South Sumatera, Indonesia. These are the first shocking pictures of smoking toddler Ardi Rizal, who throws tantrums if he can't smoke 40 cigarettes a day. He got addicted after dad Mohammed gave him a cigarette at 18 months old. Now he weighs 4st and trundles round on a toy truck blowing smoke rings, too unfit to run with other kids. Mum Diana, 26, wept: 'He's totally addicted. If he doesn't get cigarettes, he gets angry and screams and batters his head against the wall. He tells me he feels dizzy and sick.' Ardi will smoke only one brand and his habit costs his parents �3.78 a day in Musi Banyuasin, Indonesia. Officials have offered to buy the family a car if he quits, but fishmonger Mohammed, 30, said: 'He looks pretty healthy to me. I don't see the problem.' (Photo by Ardiles Rante / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
***EXCLUSIVE*** SUMATRA, INDONESIA - APRIL 15: Ardi Rizal seen playing with his friends at the neighbour's front yard on April 15, 2017 in Sumatra, Indonesia. The youngster was discovered in a poor village in Sumatra puffing on a cigarette while riding his trike. Now nine-years-old, Ardi Rizal sits in 4th grade on elementary school and was cured of the addiction to smoking and obesity due to smoking cigarettes. Currently Ardi is often the champion of class at school. PHOTOGRAPH BY Sijori Images / Barcroft India London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Sijori Images / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
***EXCLUSIVE*** SUMATRA, INDONESIA - APRIL 15: Ardi Rizal seen in his father car on April 15, 2017 in Sumatra, Indonesia. The youngster was discovered in a poor village in Sumatra puffing on a cigarette while riding his trike. Now nine-years-old, Ardi Rizal sits in 4th grade on elementary school and was cured of the addiction to smoking and obesity due to smoking cigarettes. Currently Ardi is often the champion of class at school. PHOTOGRAPH BY Sijori Images / Barcroft India London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read Sijori Images / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
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At the time, he weighed 52 pounds, 13 pounds more than the average weight of a child that age.

Rizal's story led the Indonesian government to kick off a nationwide campaign to end child smoking and introduce tighter restrictions on the tobacco industry.

The boy faced an uphill battle with his addictions, but was able to beat them with the help of the government and a nutritionist. Rizal is now sticking to a strict diet that consists of fresh fish, fruit and vegetables.

Read: Cop Makes Teen Suspected of Smoking Pot Do 200 Push-Ups, Lets Him Off With a Warning

"At first when we were weaning Ardi off the cigarettes he would have terrible tantrums. But he doesn't want them now," his mother, Diane, told the Daily Mail in 2013.

Rizal has now focused his attention on his studies, excelling in school as he continues with his healthy lifestyle.

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