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National Happiness? Gross.


In November, Bhutan banned tobacco sales. It's king, Jigme Singye Wangchuk, presumably signed the decree between puffs. Four months later, the king today wants to “cut down on his own smoking”.

Excuse the hypocrisy, for it is all part of an effort to increase the Gross National Happiness of the country, which is a quaint way of saying people should learn to be happy – grinding poverty be damned.