Bhutan lifts decade long tobacco ban to prevent COVID-19 transmission

The Kingdom of Bhutan in South Asia has announced the reversal of a ban on tobacco product sales. Since 2010, Bhutan has banned the sale, manufacture and distribution of tobacco. Individuals were, however, allowed to import limited quantities of tobacco that were subject to heavy duties and taxes, a situation that has been associated with high levels of cigarette smuggling across the border from India. The Bhutan government has lifted the ban to reduce cross-border transmission of COVID-19 and will now sell tobacco from state owned retailers.