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Iran began to enforce its most recent smokefree law in December 2007. Smoking is prohibited in all public places, including restaurants, coffee shops, hotels, public transportation, and government buildings. As of February 2008, smoking unflavored tobacco in water pipes or hookahs is permitted in tea houses. Iran does not have bars because alcohol production, use, and distribution are prohibited within the county.

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Ansari, R.; Khosravi, A.; Bahonar, A.; Shirani, S.; Kelishadi, R.; Khosravi, Z., "Risk factors of atherosclerosis in male smokers, passive smokers, and hypertensive nonsmokers in Central Iran," ARYA Atherosclerosis 8(2): 90-95, Summer 2012.


Smoking and passive smoking had an increasing effect on the prevalence of risk factors of atherosclerosis and consequently the incidence of cardiovascular diseases in patients with hypertension.

Abdul-Karim, E.T.; Abdul-Razaq, Z.H., "Cord serum cotinine as a biomarker of fetal exposure to environmental tobacco smoke," Neurosciences 16(2): 120-124, April 2011.

This study from Iraq compared self-reports of secondhand smoke exposure from pregnant women with cotinine levels found in fetal cord blood.

25% of death in Iran caused by tobacco: Minister
Payvand - June 1, 2009

TEHRAN, June 1 (Mehr News Agency) -- Smoking is responsible for 25% of death in the country, Iranian Health Minister Kamran Baqeri-Lankarani announced in Tehran on Sunday.

Speaking on the sidelines of a ceremony on the occasion of the World No Tobacco Day, Lankarani lamented the fact that there was 4%-5% fall in the country's average smoking age.

About 20% of adult male and 4.5% of adult female population in the country smoke tobacco, Lankarani said. ...

Smoking banned in public places in Tehran
Mehr News Agency (MNA) (ir), 2009-05-31

Smoking in Tehran Municipality’s public places is banned, Tehran Mayor Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf announced here on Sunday.
In a statement issued on the occasion of the World No-Tobacco Day, Tehran Mayor warned of the increase in rate of habitual smokers aged between 13 and 15 in the country.

World No Tobacco Day is observed around the world every year on May 31, and this years’ theme is "Tobacco Health Warnings" in a bid to make people aware of the health risks of tobacco use and convincing them to quit and finally reduce over 5 million yearly deaths from tobacco related health problems, the mayor said.

On physical, psychological, cultural, and financial devastating effects smoking has on the society, Qalibaf said that tobacco is responsible for 90% of lung cancers and “is the major cause of heart diseases. ...

Over 45% of Iranians exposed to passive smoking
Mehr News Agency (MNA) (ir), 2009-04-26

More than 31 million of the country’s total population are second-hand smokers, head of research center of Iran Anti-Tobacco Association (IATA) said here on Sunday.

Referring to the recent statistics from the Iranian Health Ministry and the World Health organization (WHO), Ali Abdollahinia said, “Over 45% of Iranians are exposed to passive smoking.”

Based on the figures, more than 10 million of Iranians are smokers, who light up over 58 billion cigarettes yearly. ...

Iran Reverses Ban on Water Pipes
Middle East Times, February 26, 2008

Smoking Ban in All Public Places in Iran
LiveLeak.com, December 22, 2007

TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- As of Saturday, Iran will implement a strict smoking ban in all public places. According to the new law, smoking is prohibited in all public organizations, hotels, restaurants, tea houses and coffee shops. ...

Call for Enforcing Smoking Ban
Iran Daily, October 22, 2006

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ordered the Anti-Tobacco Law to be enforced nationwide. The law places a ban on smoking in public places and outlaws tobacco advertising, the Persian daily Hamshahri quoted a report by secretariat of the government’s Information Dissemination Council as saying.

Under the Anti-Tobacco Comprehensive Law, those who smoke in public places or on public transport in breach of the law will be fined between 50,000 and 100,000 rials. The amount of cash penalty will be subject to change by the government every three years. ...

Iran's Parliament Bans Smoking in Government Buildings, Public Places
Payvand's Iran News, May 11, 2006

Tehran, May 11, IRNA-The Iranian parliament (Majlis) on Wednesday approved a motion banning smoking in public places and vehicles as well as government buildings.

Over the past couple of days, MPs approved 12 articles of the 20-article motion in different sessions in line with the government's comprehensive national anti-smoking plan.

Pursuant to the ban, tobacco products will no longer be sold to young adults less than 18 years old or be sold by them. ...