Expat Shanghai blogger Hart Hagerty was sitting in Fuxing Park the other day when she saw something shocking:
“My jaw dropped when his pajama-clad mother handed the tot a cigarette… then lit it for him … then smiled on as he smoked it… then laughed as he rolled on the ground when he felt sick,” Hagerty wrote. “As I snapped photos, my friends begged the parents to intervene, but they just enjoyed the show. This is a disturbing scene indeed, but I could not not share this.”
China has a booming tobacco market, which consumes one-third of the world’s cigarettes.
Hagerty gave us permission to run the photos below:
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