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Bhutan

Tobacco Control Policies

Bhutan became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on February 27, 2005.

Smoke Free Places: The law prohibits smoking in most indoor and outdoor public places and on public transport. The law makes an exception for hotels and lodging, recreation centers, and bars and discotheques, where the persons in charge can choose to designate certain rooms or areas for smoking or declare the entire premises smoke free. Although most workplaces are covered under the ban on smoking in public places, a few workplaces remain uncovered. In addition to outdoor public places generally, the law specifically includes vegetable markets, playing fields, festivals and traditional celebrations in a non-exhaustive list of public places designated as smoke free.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: The law prohibits virtually all forms of tobacco advertising and promotion, including direct tobacco advertising through any medium. However, forms such as reverse brand stretching are not prohibited, and forms such as toys and candy that resemble tobacco products are restricted. There are some restrictions on tobacco sponsorship and the publicity of such sponsorship.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: The sale of tobacco products is prohibited in Bhutan. Accordingly, the law does not provide for health warnings. Tobacco products, however, may be imported for personal consumption. Imported products must display the country of origin; and health warnings as required in that country. Misleading packaging and labeling, which could include terms such as “light” and “low tar” and other signs, is prohibited on imported products. 

Tobacco Taxation and Prices: The sale of tobacco products is prohibited in Bhutan.

Smoke-Free Environments - Complete Smoking Ban
  • Health-care facilities
  • Yes
  • Private offices
  • Primary and secondary schools
  • Yes
  • Public transport
  • Yes
  • Universities
  • Yes
  • Restaurants
  • Yes
  • Governmental facilities
  • Yes
  • Bars and pubs
  • No
  • Can subnational jurisdictions enact more stringent smoking restrictions?
  • Yes
Bans on Tobacco Advertising, Promotion, and Sponsorship
  • Domestic TV and radio
  • Yes
  • Promotional discounts
  • --
  • Domestic magazines and newspapers
  • Yes
  • Non-tobacco products or services with tobacco brand names
  • Yes
  • Outdoor advertising
  • Yes
  • Tobacco products with non-tobacco brand names
  • Uncertain
  • Point-of-sale advertising
  • --
  • Paid placement in media
  • Yes
  • Retail product display
  • --
  • Financial sponsorship, including corporate social responsibility
  • No
  • Internet advertising
  • Yes
  • Publicity of sponsorships
  • No
  • Free distribution
  • Yes
Health Warnings on Smoked Tobacco Products
  • Text warnings describe health impacts
  • No
  • Number of published warnings at any given time
  • N/A
  • Warnings include a picture or graphic
  • No
  • Warnings required to rotate
  • No
  • % of principal display areas covered (front and back)
  • 0%
  • Warnings are written in the principal language(s)
  • No
  • Front
  • 0%
  • Ban on misleading packaging and labeling
  • No
  • Back
  • 0%
  • Health warnings on smokeless tobacco products
  • No
Tobacco Taxation and Price
  • PRICE OF MOST SOLD BRAND, PACK OF 20 CIGARETTES
  • TAXES ON MOST SOLD BRAND (% OF RETAIL PRICE)
  • In country currency
  • n/a
  • 0.00
  • Total taxes
  • 0%
  • In US dollars
  • USD
  • 0.00
  • Total excise
  • 0%

Sources:

SF, APS, PL: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Legal Website. Available at: www.tobaccocontrollaws.org

Tax: WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2015. Available at: www.who.int/tobacco/global_report/2015/en/

Last updated: July 21, 2015