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 January 11, 2011  Laws, Non-U.S.

A Reuters report indicates that your home is not exactly your castle in Bhutan:

Bhutan police can raid homes of smokers in a search for contraband tobacco and are training a special tobacco sniffer dog in a crackdown to honour a promise to become the world’s first smoke-free nation.

Buddhist Bhutan, where smoking is considered bad for one’s karma, banned the sale of tobacco in 2005, but with a thriving tobacco smuggling operation from neighbouring India, the ban failed to make much of an impact.

But legislation passed in the new year, granting police powers to enter homes, is set to stub out the habit, threatening five years in jail for shopkeepers selling tobacco and smokers who fail to provide customs receipts for imported cigarettes.

Read more on cnews. I note that the law does not make it illegal to smoke in your own home or in private, but it does legally limit the amount of tobacco you can purchase/import each month. Hence, they can enter your home on suspicion of illegal/excessive purchasing.

Thanks to the reader who sent in this link.

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