Last updated: September 22nd 2017


Iraq became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on June 15, 2008.

Smoke Free Places: Smoking is prohibited in specified types of public places. As a result, certain types of places that are not on the list - such as indoor stadiums and arenas, bus stations and train stations - may escape the smoking ban either intentionally or unintentionally. Smoking is prohibited on all public transportation.

Tobacco Advertising, Promotion and Sponsorship: Tobacco advertising and promotion is prohibited in print and audiovisual media, including outdoor advertising.  Brand marking, brand stretching, and point of sale product display are also prohibited. However, many types of promotional activity are not prohibited. Although sponsorship by the tobacco industry is not prohibited, there are some restrictions on the publicity of such sponsorship.

Tobacco Packaging and Labeling: Combined picture and text warnings are required to cover 30 percent of the front and 30 percent of the back of all tobacco product packages. The law requires the warnings to be changed every 180 days.

Roadmap to Tobacco Control Legislation: The Anti-Smoking Act No. 19 of 2012 governs smoking in public places, tobacco advertising and promotion, tobacco packaging and labeling, tobacco product emissions and contents, and some sales restrictions. Directive No. 1 of 2014 Facilitating Implementation of the Anti-Smoking Act (No. 19 of 2012) delegates to various ministries responsibilities with regard to tobacco control policy enforcement, and includes additional details about permitted designated smoking areas.

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