Last updated: September 17th 2019


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 activities 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.

Cigarette Contents and Disclosures

Although the law authorizes the Ministry of Health to develop specifications for the manufacture and importation of tobacco products, the Ministry of Health has not yet issued such regulations and the contents of cigarettes remain unregulated. The law does not require that manufacturers and importers disclose to government authorities information on the contents and emissions of their products.

Sales Restrictions

The law does not restrict the sale of tobacco products via vending machines or the internet, nor are there restrictions on the sale of single cigarettes or small packets of cigarettes. The sale of tobacco products is prohibited to persons under the age of 18.

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.

Review Status

This country’s legal measures were reviewed by our legal staff. No in-country lawyers or tobacco control experts reviewed our analysis.