Children encouraged to smoke in Portuguese village: why this tradition is SO wrong
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Children as young as five are being encouraged to smoke in a Portuguese village, during the Epiphany festival. The “King’s Feast” in Vila do Salgueiro, located in Mirandela, northern Portugal, finishes with a mass and includes traditions such as dancing around a bonfire and a group of bagpipers visiting houses to offer wine and lupins. Everything seems acceptable and harmless - besides this quite horrendous practice of letting young children smoke as part of the tradition. A very distressing video provided by AP Archive shows parents giving their children cigarettes and helping them light them up. What is most worrying, besides the traumatic footage of seeing such young, innocent kids smoking, is how happy they look, and how care-free (and irresponsible) their parents are.
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