The amendment of the Tobacco Control Act of Bhutan 2010 legalizes the import, sale and buying of tobacco and tobacco products in the country. Subsequently, the Bhutan Narcotics Control Authority (BNCA) notified the general public with interim measures to implement the amended Act through notification no. BNCA/DG/1(1)/2021-2022/095 dated July 30, 2021.
Through this notification, the Ministry of Economic Affairs reiterates the need for compliance with the notification issued by BNCA by businesses and the general public. Micro general shops including betel nut (pan) shops and grocery retailers are permitted to import as well as sell tobacco and tobacco products.
To ease supply constraints, businesses may arrange for direct imports as the only wholesale importer at present may be unable to adequately supply the tobacco requirements. All imports must be through formal channels with declarations made at the point of entries.
Businesses are also cautioned to maintain reasonable prices or the maximum retail price displayed.
In the interest of public health, the Ministry of Economic Affairs does not promote or encourage smoking and maintains that consumption of tobacco is injurious to health.