Ranked 3 out of 33

Iran

Overall Score: 30

Indicators of Influence

These seven key indicators highlight interference from the tobacco industry in Iran.

No. 1

Industry participation in policy development:

Indicator Score:

4 / 20

The National Tobacco Control law and its bylaws prohibit any support from tobacco manufacturers to tobacco control programs. Hence the tobacco industry cannot participate in tobacco control policy development. The tobacco industry was not included in the government delegations to FCTC-related meetings.

No. 2

Tobacco industry-related CSR activities:

Indicator Score:

1 / 20

The National Tobacco Control law and its bylaws prohibit any support from tobacco manufacturers to tobacco control programs. Hence the tobacco industry cannot participate in tobacco control policy development. The tobacco industry was not included in the government delegations to FCTC-related meetings.

No. 3

Benefits given to the tobacco industry:

Indicator Score:

4 / 20

The government has not given any benefit to the tobacco industry to expand its business. In fact, imported tobacco is taxed higher and costs more than local tobacco products.

No. 4

Unnecessary interaction with the tobacco industry:

Indicator Score:

2 / 20

Top-level government officials do not attend any tobacco-related functions or foster any relationship with the tobacco industry.

No. 5

Procedure for transparency measures:

Indicator Score:

7 / 20

The Center for Tobacco Planning and Supervision has plans to increase the area under tobacco cultivation. It is not stated how often the Center must submit reports to its governing body. The Center does not have a procedure for meeting with the tobacco companies and these reports are not made available to the tobacco control committee.

No. 6

Avoiding conflicts of interest:

Indicator Score:

4 / 20

Although no government officials hold any office in the tobacco industry, a former head of a tobacco company has been appointed to a senior officer position in the Ministry of Industry.

No. 7

Preventive measures:

Indicator Score:

8 / 30

There is no permit given to the tobacco industry to attend or engage in any interaction with government officials. Article 5 of the National Tobacco Control Law and its bylaws bans any support of tobacco manufacturers to tobacco control programs. No national tobacco company representatives are allowed to attend tobacco control policy making sessions. Article 20 of the National Tobacco Control Law states, “It is the responsibility of the Committee to keep the Professional Commission of the Parliament informed of the annual revenues derived from production and imports of cigarettes and tobacco products.”

The government has put in place a policy to disallow the acceptance of all forms of contributions and gifts from the tobacco industry.

Recommendations

These are ways Iran can deter interference from the tobacco industry:

  • The government must expedite the adoption of a code of conduct for all government officials in dealing with the tobacco industry.
  • There must be a registry to provide a record of representatives of the tobacco industry.

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