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This is real. A press release today from CBS News:

NEW EXCLUSIVE VIDEO OF RECENT INTERNET SENSATION, “THE SMOKING BABY,”
TO AIR ON CBS NEWS’ “THE EARLY SHOW,” THURSDAY, JULY 1

NEW YORK, June 30, 2010 — CBS News’ THE EARLY SHOW recently visited Aldi Rizal, the two-year-old Sumatran smoking baby/turned internet sensation, and his parents in Indonesia. The interview with Aldi’s parents and more exclusive footage will be broadcast Thursday, July 1 (7:00-9:00 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

As part of the exclusive, THE EARLY SHOW spent two days with the family, filming them at home and accompanying them to the outdoor market where the small boy’s parents sell fish. The disturbing new video includes adults willingly helping the two-year-old by lighting his cigarettes for him. His parents said that he is currently in a rehabilitation program to help wean him off the habit, but he continues to smoke at least a pack of cigarettes a day.

Hmm. Not sure that sounds like a great use of CBS News’ dwindling resources. But what the hell, they’ve captured more disturbing pictures of a two-year-old smoking cigarettes, so it’s worth it, right?

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