mercredi 19 octobre 2011

Bhutan bans tobacco sales completely.


On March 3, 2011, the Buddhist monk Sonam Tshering (23) was sentenced to three years imprisonment by the Court of Justice Royal Buthan, having smuggled 48 packets of chewing tobacco, he had bought in India Nude for 90, the equivalent of 2 euros.
        
"What matters is not the amount of tobacco, but the fact of violating the law. "Said the Bhutan Observer, Prime Minister Lyonchen Jigme Thinley Yoser (58).
        
A lawyer has volunteered to defend the poor monk in the High Court.
        
The case was denounced by Tshering Tobgay, leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly of Bhutan.

To achieve Gross National Happiness.

         Since December 2004, Bhutan, the Himalayan kingdom of 46 500 km2 has decided to ban tobacco sales in its territory.
        
The Ministry of Trade and Industry issued a notice ordering the shops, hotels, restaurants and bars until December 17, 2004, National Day, to sell their tobacco stocks, says the website of State Kuenselonline.com
        
This notice extends to the capital and Thimpou a ban on tobacco sales was already in force in 19 districts of the country since the summer of 2004.
        
The National Assembly of Bhutan voted in July a law banning tobacco sales across the country and establishing a 100% tax on imported cigarettes for private consumption.
        
All who are caught selling tobacco to Buthan after December 17 must pay a fine of $ 223 or 10 000 Nudes - the average monthly income to $ 16 dollars in the kingdom.
        
In a symbolic gesture, the Prime Minister Yeshey Zimba set fire to a pile of cigarettes at the end of a cultural program to mark the national holiday in the capital, Thimphu.
        
Bhutan, a Buddhist nation of 682,321 inhabitants, sandwiched between India and China, declared that this was a goal of "Gross National Happiness," on the website.
        
This is the first time a state prohibits the sale of tobacco in its territory, says on its website the Indian group to fight against smoking "Action on Smoking Health."
        
Parliamentary monarchy, Bhutan is ruled by King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (32 years) who succeeded his father Jigme Singye Wangchuck (1972-2006) since November 8, 2008.

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