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Iran nixes smoking for executive aspirants

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Tobacco, drugs and alcohol are all off-limits to job seekers
  • The directive is intended to ensure applicants are healthy
  • Rejected applicants can appeal

Tehran, Iran (CNN) -- Want a job in Iran's executive branch? Quit smoking.

People addicted to tobacco cannot get jobs with the government's executive branch, according to the semi-official Iranian Labour News Agency, which cited a directive published Monday by the Cabinet's information office.

The directive -- intended to ensure that applicants are healthy physically and mentally -- follows the guidelines of the Law of the National Services Management, ILNA reported.

The ban also applies to applicants addicted to drugs or alcohol, it said.

Rejected applicants can appeal to the medical council of the medical university of their province, the directive said.