October 17, 2006, RFE/RL -- Iran's president, Mahmud Ahmadinejad, has ordered the enforcement of a sweeping ban on public smoking to comply with recent legislation.
The law, approved by parliament in September, forbids smoking in public places and on public transport.
Fines for violating the ban are equivalent to between $5.50 and $11.
Under the law, any kind of advertising, direct or indirect support, or encouragement of smoking is strictly forbidden.
The sale of tobacco products to anyone under 18 can result in the confiscation of a vendor's tobacco products and a cash fine.
The presidential order, issued on October 16 but reported by the official news agency IRNA today, prescribes that the law be fully implemented within three months.
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