Tehran, Dec 24, IRNA - There are 12 million smokers in Iran, said managing director of Iran Tobacco Company in Tehran Wednesday.
According to a report by the Public Relations Department of the institute, Mahmoud Abtahi said, "We are working in an industry whose product is disagreeable but we should manage the cigarette market given the number of smokers in Iran."
Addressing a gathering of the company's praying leaders nationwide, he added, "If we do not control the market, the others will seize the opportunity and supply the market."
If produced based on international standards, tobacco products are still a threat to health, let alone, smuggled items which are more harmful, he said.
Some 18 percent of the market was handled by Tobacco Company but today given its capabilities, it has captured 50 percent of the market, Abtahi noted.
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