A mother has sparked outrage after posting a video of her forcing her toddler to smoke a cigarette ‘to put him off them’.

The video, posted on her Instagram account, shows the father passing the 11-month-old boy a cigarette as they both watched him taking a puff.

The baby boy exhaled and said ‘thank you’ in Spanish. The mother said ‘thank you’ in return as the father gave him a second puff, reports The Mirror.

The toddler attempted to hold the cigarette himself and refused to let go of it.

According to local media, the mother, from Madrid, Spain, apologised on her social media account after the video had caused outrage online.

She claimed her son ‘always reaches for the tobacco as if it was food’ whenever he sees his father smoking.

She said that she was sorry and explained that she wanted to see if the baby ‘would find it disgusting’.

“I thought that putting it in his mouth would take disgust, like the mother who throws pepper to the pacifier for the child to take disgust.

“I was wrong, and I’m super sorry and scared for everything that is going on.”

The Mirror reports, it’s unknown if the Madrid authorities will take any action on the matter and take custody of the parents.

We recently shared a similar story after the public were Outraged at a mum who shared an Instagram photo of her baby smoking – read more here

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  • I did not even bother watching the video. This makes me sick and is so wrong. How about role modelling as a parent so your child doesn’t smoke, or teaching him not to in other ways. And perhaps wait until he’s old enough to understand. This is just wrong, stupid, uneducated and all sorts of NO.

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  • That’s just despicable. I can’t even deal. It’s 2019, I don’t think one should even smoke around a child, the risks are known.

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  • That is absolutely disgusting. It’s terrible a parent would do such a thing – and even worse to post it on socials for others to see.

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  • That’s disgusting plenty of other safe ways of teaching children how bad smoking is. Fact remains though that if the parents are smoking the kid will probably end up doing it too.

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  • Oh lord I’m going to be sick.
    Child should be placed in permanent care with an adult that has half a brain

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  • Some days I think I’m sailing at this Mum gig and then I see something like this and know that I’m doing ok

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  • There are over 1000 chemicals that go into making a cigarette, so this is like giving poison to a child. So if the child was reaching for a gun would you let them use it?

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  • Oh dear, poor child

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  • Makes me SO ANGRY!!!!!

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  • These people are not fit to be parents. I am appalled.

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  • Absolutely child abuse they need some serious parenting classes

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  • I know about people doing that with their young kids. They let them smoke cigarettes hoping they will hate them. I already don’t like doing that. With a baby it’s even worse!!

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  • That is the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen. Imagine if we try and teach out children about everything by making them experience it. She just needs to use common sense and tell him no

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  • she had good intentions but a stupid idea

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  • It’s a disgusting thing to do to your child but it sounds like it backfired anyway. Some people just don’t think about the ramifications of some of their actions.

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