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Somebody had to lead the way, but who would have thought that it would be Bhutan? Last week, the tiny Himalayan kingdom became the first country to ban smoking altogether: indoors, outdoors, on mountain-tops, in the out-house, everywhere. It is now illegal to sell tobacco in any form in Bhutan: individuals caught doing so will pay a $210 fine (two or three months' wages for the average Bhutanese), and businesses will lose their licenses. But you know that what the Bhutanese government has just created is a smuggling industry.
The government knows it, too. "If any foreigner is caught selling tobacco products to Bhutanese nationals, he will be charged with smuggling," Karma Tshering of the Bhutanese customs told the British Broadcasting Corporation just after the ban went into effect. "Tobacco will be treated as contraband" like alcohol during the Prohibition era in the United States, or like "drugs" during the current wave of moral panic in the world.
Originally posted by JediMaster
Wow thats just wrong. I don't smoke nor do I ever plan to, but you can't ban smoking in the home. If people want to smoke in the privacy of their home where it hurts no one but themselves let them. I see no problem in letting people smoke in their homes. One helluva of a civil frights infringement if you ask me .
Originally posted by Mynaeris
!!!!!!You go Bhutan!!!!!!
seriously I have no problem with people chewing tobacco or snuff. But when you pollute my environment I should have a say in it.
Originally posted by Jamuhn
The US does pretty much the same thing. Marijuana is illegal period. I don't see a difference between the two. But not as many people care because their parents and society have been saying marijuana is bad for you.
Originally posted by The_Squid
For those who were saying "You can do whatever you want in your own home, so you cannot ban tobacco completly... etc etc" why do you not have the same view of every other drug?
Cannabis is alot better for you than Tobacco, tobacco is one of the worst drugs for you, and people need to learn it, and learn it well!
The governments do not seem to get that it would solve most problems to legalise every drug, and then the government distributes it.
For those who say "it kills people... blah blah blah" it would do less killing if it was legalised and it would cut ALOT of crime and deaths in general.
Look at Switzerland if you dont belive me.