The State Center for Tobacco Planning and Supervision was established on October 2, 2012. This center was detached from the privatized State Tobacco Company by virtue of a decision adopted on July 17, 2012 by the Board of Ministers. The tasks assigned to this center are as follows:
1. Issuing license for industrial and commercial agencies;
2. Determining regions for planting tobacco in agreement with the Ministry of Agriculture Jihad;
3.Arrangement of and supervision over the purchase of all products supplied by tobacco growers;
4.Pursuing and following up on the smuggling cases related to tobacco commodities as the complainant organization and the body charged with collecting state revenues;
5.Handling all affairs related to smuggling of tobacco commodities;
6.Collecting state taxes and duties related to tobacco products and safety matches;
7.The organization structure of this center currently includes a director, a deputy director and four groups (Smuggling Combat Group, Industrial Affairs Group, Tobacco Agricultural Affairs Group, and Commercial Affairs Group).