In an effort to become first smoke free nation, Bhutan has prohibited the sale of tobacco and smoking in public areas. Such public places include; parks, discotheques, entertainment centers, sports centers like football grounds & archery ranges, commercial establishments like shops, bars & restaurants, institutions like Dzongs, hospitals, schools, Government offices, public gatherings such as monastic festivals, official receptions, national celebrations, vegetable markets, taxi stands, airports and public transportation .
However, tourists are allowed to bring any of the following tobacco products for their personal consumptions & subject to payment of 100% custom duty and 100% sales tax ; 200 sticks of cigarettes, 400 sticks of bidis,50 pieces of cigar or 250 grams of other tobacco or tobacco products. Any excess quantity is subject to confiscation. Further, tourists are permitted to smoke at designated smoking areas only.