Bhutan faces up to alcohol problem
BBC News reports (31 March 2005) that alcoholic drinks have traditionally played a significant role in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. They are served at all ceremonial and religious occasions, and almost every family brews its own rice-based liquor. But now health officials say they are concerned about the increasing cases of alcoholism being reported at the national hospital in the capital, Thimphu. Find the full story here.
The thunder dragon exhales its last puff as Bhutan bans smoking
For The Independent, Justin Huggler reports (24 February) that the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has issued a ban on smoking in all public places. Coming just two months after a ban on the sale of tobacco products, the new law means that Bhutan now has the toughest anti-smoking laws in the world. Find the full story here.