The China Syndrome: A Viral Video of Beijing's Chain-Smoking Tots | The Fix
facebook twitter RSS
HOT TOPICS: Alcoholism  Addiction  AA  Cocaine  Heroin

The China Syndrome: A Viral Video of Beijing's Chain-Smoking Tots

"Does he know how to smoke?" asks one passenger. Another man replies, "Yes, you see he can inhale!’”

By Dirk Hanson

04/13/11

| Share

An amateur video of two small children on a train in China proudly displaying their puffing prowess has ignited a global social-media uproar. Whether prank or not, the vid is viewed as proof of the immense public-health problem smoking represents for the rising superpower, where 53% of the male population smokes, and a million people die of lung cancer annually. MSNBC reports that no one has come forward to ID the tobacco toddlers or, for that matter, the adults offscreen who laugh as the older boy blows smoke into the younger one's face. "Does he know how to smoke?" asks one passenger. Another man replies, "Yes, you see he can inhale!" A new smoking ban instituted by the health ministry is set to start May 1, nixing nicotine in public places such as buses, restaurants, and bars. But given the fact that the same government agency both runs the nation's cigarette-making monopoly and enforces its anti-smoking laws, these kids may be puffing and coughing well into kindergarten and beyond. See video below.

Rehabilitation Directories

Most Popular
The Rehab Review
Cliffside Malibu
 
 
 
 

The “beach-house-relaxed” Cliffside Malibu claims to provide an oasis for recovering addicts and alcoholics. And that’s just what you'll get—if you’ve got the cash.

Morningside Recovery
 
 
 
 

For a “rehab near the beach” experience that isn’t quite as costly as similar SoCal competitors, head to this Newport Beach treatment facility.

AToN Center
 
 
 
 

Whether you’re interested in the 12 Steps, SMART Recovery, or holistic treatments, this luxurious, appealing and commendable 4.5 star (our system doesn't yet show the 1/2 star) San Diego rehab has a program for you. 

Reflections
 
 
 
 

This exclusive Northern California rehab is all about client choice—as well as golf outings, Buddhist field trips and keeping up with the office.

Capo By The Sea
 
 
 
 

Capo By The Sea offers an executive rehab program complete with medical detox and a focus on dual-diagnosis issues, as well as an outpatient option in an environment that exudes the kind of beach house optimism one would expect from an Orange County recovery outfit.

Journey Malibu
 
 
 
 

Want many of the luxury amenities A-listers have come to expect—including an enormous backyard with a pool and patio, an herb garden, a volleyball net and a spectacular vista of the Santa Monica mountains—with a recovery program to match?

The Ultimate Guide to Rehab
 
 
 
 
 

What you need to know when choosing an addiction treatment center.

the fix tv