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Iraq

Tobacco Control Policies

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: On cigarette packaging, the implementing standard requires text-only health warnings to cover 40 percent of the front surface and combined picture and text warnings to cover 40 percent of the back surface. While the law requires combined picture and text warnings to cover at least 30 percent of the front and back surfaces of all tobacco product packaging, the details of warnings required on packaging for products other than cigarettes are uncertain. Misleading cigarette packaging and labeling, including terms such as "light" and "low nicotine" and other signs, is prohibited.

Tobacco Taxation and Prices: The World Health Organization recommends raising tobacco excise taxes so that they account for at least 70 percent of retail prices. Tobacco excise taxes in Iraq are well below these recommendations.   

Smoke-Free Environments - Complete Smoking Ban
  • Health-care facilities
  • Yes
  • Private offices
  • Yes
  • Primary and secondary schools
  • Yes
  • Public transport
  • No
  • Universities
  • Yes
  • Restaurants
  • Yes
  • Governmental facilities
  • Yes
  • Bars and pubs
  • Yes
  • Can subnational jurisdictions enact more stringent smoking restrictions?
  • Uncertain
Bans on Tobacco Advertising, Promotion, and Sponsorship
  • Domestic TV and radio
  • Yes
  • Promotional discounts
  • No
  • Domestic magazines and newspapers
  • Yes
  • Non-tobacco products or services with tobacco brand names
  • Yes
  • Outdoor advertising
  • Yes
  • Tobacco products with non-tobacco brand names
  • No
  • Point-of-sale advertising
  • Yes
  • Paid placement in media
  • Yes
  • Retail product display
  • Yes
  • Financial sponsorship, including corporate social responsibility
  • No
  • Internet advertising
  • Uncertain
  • Publicity of sponsorships
  • No
  • Free distribution
  • Uncertain
Health Warnings on Smoked Tobacco Products
  • Text warnings describe health impacts
  • Yes
  • Number of published warnings at any given time
  • 9(f)/4(b)
  • Warnings include a picture or graphic
  • Yes
  • Warnings required to rotate
  • Yes
  • % of principal display areas covered (front and back)
  • 40%
  • Warnings are written in the principal language(s)
  • Yes
  • Front
  • 40%
  • Ban on misleading packaging and labeling
  • Yes
  • Back
  • 40%
  • Health warnings on smokeless tobacco products
  • Yes
Tobacco Taxation and Price
  • PRICE OF MOST SOLD BRAND, PACK OF 20 CIGARETTES
  • TAXES ON MOST SOLD BRAND (% OF RETAIL PRICE)
  • In country currency
  • IQD
  • 500.00
  • Total taxes
  • 8%
  • In US dollars
  • USD
  • 0.42
  • Total excise
  • 0%

Sources:

SF, APS, PL: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Legal Website. Available at: www.tobaccocontrollaws.org

Tax: WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2019. Available at: https://www.who.int/tobacco/global_report/en/

Last updated: June 4, 2021