Tobacco Control Act of Bhutan 2010





Tobacco Control Act of Bhutan 2010



The Original Text:
This Act shall be called the Tobacco Control Act of Bhutan, 2010;
extend to the whole of Bhutan.

Non-smoking areas


No-smoking sign at a cafeteria and restaurant

3. No person shall smoke in the following public places, but not limited to:
(a) Commercial centers: all shops, shopping complexes, supermarkets, showrooms,
exhibition halls, lobbies and places to which public have access in hotels, motels,
guest houses, inns and lodging, bars and restaurants, clubs, internet cafes;


No-smoking sign at movie theater in Thimphu

(b) Recreation centers : discotheques, snooker rooms, health clubs, sports and
game centers, playing fields and related offices, cinema, theatre, video halls and
other buildings of entertainment;


iNo-smoking sign at the mountain trail to Taktsang Palphug Monastery


(c) Institutions : all offices, including those in the private sector, dzongs, monasteries,
museums, health, educational, religious and training centers and their vicinity;


No-smoking sign at the vegetable market at Thimphu

(d) Public gatherings/spaces : public meetings, Tschechu, festivals and traditional celebrations,
vegetable markets, bus and taxi stands, airports;


No-smoking sign at taxi

(e) Public transportation :all buses and taxis, all forms of motor vehicles and aircrafts
for passenger transport; and
(f) Any other public places or areas as may be declared by the Tobacco Control Board.

9. The person-in-charge of the hotels, motels, guesthouses, inns and lodgings shall arrange
smoking floors or smoking rooms/spaces as appropriate.
No person shall advertise tobacco and tobacco products through any medium;

19. Scenes depicting tobacco use, including smoking should be strictly prohibited from
domestic production of videos, movies and cultural shows except in educational clips
produced for the purpose of health promotion.

48. A person smoking in any non-smoking area designated under section 3 shall be fined
with an amount specified by Tobacco Control Board.


No-smoking signs at Paro International Airport and in a restaurant


No-smoking laws
Tobacco Control Act of Bhutan was enacted by parliament in June 2010:

The consumption of tobacco is not altogether prohibited in Bhutan, though it is banned
in places of public accommodation. The Act largely targets smoking, in particular,
though any form of tobacco is subject to the Act.

The Tobacco Control Act establishes non-smoking areas: commercial centers, including
markets, hotel lobbies, restaurants, and bars; recreation centers such as discotheques,
cinemas, and playing fields; institutions and offices, both public and private; public
gatherings, such as festivals, taxi stands, the airport and all public transportation, and
any other places declared by the Tobacco Control Board.

The Board also has the authority to designate smoking areas in public otherwise.
Smoking areas are permitted in non-public areas of hotels (i.e., smoking floors or
smoking rooms) at the discretion of the patron. The Act imposes a duty on persons in
command of these areas of public accommodation to display signs prohibiting smoking.
Demand smokers to cease, report offenders who refuse to the police, and comply with
inspections.



The consumption of tobacco is not altogether prohibited in Bhutan, though it is strictly
banned in places of public accommodation. The Act largely targets smoking, in particular,
though any form of tobacco is subject to the Act. The Tobacco Control Act establishes
non-smoking areas: commercial centers, which include markets, hotel lobbies, restaurants,
and bars; recreation centers such as discotheques, cinemas, and playing fields; institutions
and offices, both public and private. It also includes festivals, taxi stands, and the airport;
all public transportation; and any other places declared by the Tobacco Control Board.

Smoking areas are permitted in non-public areas of hotels, i.e., smoking floors or smoking
rooms, at the discretion of the patron. The Act imposes a duty on persons in command of
these areas of public accommodation to display signs prohibiting smoking, to demand
smokers to cease, to report offenders who refuse to the police, and comply with inspections.

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Cigarettes become daily necessities that can be purchased even during the new
antivirus lock-down.

Bhutan, known for its Gross National Happiness (GNH), which emphasizes national well-
being over economic interests, has been banned for many years tobacco sales have been
temporarily lifted as a measure against the epidemic of the new coronavirus, and have
become a daily necessity that can be purchased even during the lock-down of the antivirus.


(L) Bhutan women are waiting in front of tobacco outlet. ( Picture source: AFP)
(R) The country border gate at Phuentsholing, Bhutan and India, seen from Bhutan side
( Picture source: Wikipedia)


A Bhutanese peddler traveling to and from India received a new positive virus test at
Phuentsholing near the border.The administration led by Prime Minister Rote Zellin, who
continues to work as a doctor on weekends, was forced to reconsider,
to reduce a cross-border
-infection risk by importing tobacco by smugglers, and wise to sell the products in the country

of Buhtan, as a background to such a decision.
( AFP:2020.8.29 )

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Smoking Restriction at Hotels in the World: Actual Survey
The ratio of a smoking guest room to the total hotel rooms was calculated,
based on-the-spot investigation.

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ブータン喫煙規制法
2012年9月写真撮影, 2012年10月執筆
執筆 医学博士 宮本順伯

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The photographs were taken in September, and the article was written in October 2012,
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A new information was added in September 2020.




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