Day before yesterday, when members of the National Assembly met to discuss the preliminary agenda for the Assembly’s next session, the opposition party proposed that a bill to amend the Tobacco Control Act be considered.
It has not yet been one year since the Tobacco Control Act was adopted, but according to Section 193 of the National Assembly Act:
When a Bill has been passed or has been rejected during a session in any year, no Bill of the same substance may be introduced in the Assembly in that year except by leave of the Assembly.
Regretfully, the members of the National Assembly did not grant permission to introduce a bill to amend the Tobacco Control Act.
Meanwhile, indignation spreads: four people have been detained for handling 9 packets of chewing tobacco!
And a woman has been arrested for possessing 5 sticks of cigarettes. This clip is from Bhutan Today: