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Smoking in Mexico

There has been a downwards trend in current smoking prevalence in the general population in Mexico. Smoking prevalence was 24% in 2000 and declined to 15% in 2015, with a further drop to 10% projected by 2025. For men the prevalence decreased from 36.5% in 2000 to 22% in 2015, with a further decrease to 16% projected by 2025. For women a prevalence of 13% in 2000 decreased to around 7% in 2015, and is projected to decrease further to around 5% by 2025. The WHO published prevalence trend estimates in tobacco smoking, as shown here, in their 2018 2nd edition report, which show slightly different smoking prevalence to the WHO country profiles. Data for the estimates were obtained from WHO databases. The trend lines are projections, not predictions, of future attainment. A projection indicates a likely endpoint if the country maintains its tobacco control efforts at the same level that it has implemented them to date. Therefore the impact of recent interventions could alter the expected endpoint shown in the projection. While the methods of estimation used in the first and second editions of the WHO report are the same, the volume of data available for the second edition is larger i.e. 200 more national surveys. The results presented are therefore more robust.

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May 15, 2024 by

New research sheds light on why college students in Mexico choose to vape

The study examines vaping habits among college students in Mexico, revealing factors influencing use like peer pressure and perceptions of safety. Despite Mexico's ban on vaping, many students reported using e-cigarettes due to influences from friends, family, and marketing. Concerns were raised about the lack of campus policies and education on vaping, leading students to purchase products illegally. The study emphasizes the importance of tailored vaping cessation strategies for young adults and calls for increased education on the risks associated with vaping. The researchers are actively providing vaping education and support to students interested in quitting.

March 29, 2024 by

MEXICO'S VAPING DILEMMA | O'Gorman explores Mexico's hardline approach to vaping

Mexico's President is seeking to solidify Mexico's hardline approach to vaping with a proposal to ban vaping through a constitutional amendment, to the consternation of vaping advocates who fear smokers will lose access to these safer alternatives in the country. Joining us to today is Tomás O'Gorman, co-founder of "Pro-Vapeo Mexico" and a member of INNCO’s Board, who highlights the hardening of Mexico's anti-vaping stance and the impact this could have on smokers' ability to quit in Mexico.

December 12, 2023 by

Mexico president to push forward anti-vape bill

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador plans to present a law banning e-cigarettes and vapes before he leaves office in 2024, he said on Monday, after the supreme court overruled his previous attempt to outlaw their sale. "It's proven they're bad for your health," he said at a regular news conference on Monday. Mexico has one of the world's strictest anti-tobacco laws, after passing a bill for a total ban on smoking in public places - including the street - in January.

December 08, 2023 by

GFN.TV Interviews | BANNED IN MEXICO | Physicist Reacts to Draconian Vape Laws

Mexico’s ban on nicotine vaping leaves consumers caught in the crossfire. While the “tobacco wars” narrative is obsolete, it continues to cause damage, says physicist and tobacco harm reduction advocate Dr. Roberto Sussman. While the tobacco industry today is no longer the villain it once was, public health campaigners continue to wage war, striking disruptive technologies like nicotine vapes that provide safe and effective alternatives to combustible tobacco.

January 23, 2023 by

Mexico’s Government Thinks Criminalization Will Stamp Out Smoking

If you thought Mexico’s drug war was only about illegal drugs like fentanyl or cocaine, you would be wrong. The country’s war on nicotine has just dealt people who smoke cigarettes or vape a serious blow. A law took effect on January 15 that imposes a total ban on smoking in all public places—you can now only smoke in your home or outdoors on private property. It simultaneously imposes tighter restrictions on nicotine vapes, which also cannot legally be used in public places.

There is also a total ban on the advertising, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco products. For shops that sell cigarettes, it is now against the law to openly display them.

January 16, 2023 by

Mexico imposes one of world’s strictest anti-smoking laws

One of the World’s strictest anti-tobacco laws has been imposed in Mexico, setting in force a total ban on smoking in public places, including hotels, beaches and parks.

The new law, which is part of the country's General Law for Tobacco Control reform, came into force on Sunday. It will also see the total ban on the promotion, advertising and sponsorship of tobacco products. The sale and use of e-cigarettes and vapes are also due to face new restrictions. The new blanket ban extends on an existing federal and state tobacco control law which came into place in 2008, banning smoking in indoor spaces such as bars, restaurants and workplaces.

June 12, 2022 by

Mexico Keeps Moving Closer to Total Vape Prohibition

Commercialization of vaping devices has always been technically illegal in Mexico. Usage, however, has not been, and the growth of a relatively unregulated vaping market reached almost 1 million occasional or daily users in 2017, according to government sources. The Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that the prohibition of vapes is unconstitutional; while vapers were cautiously optimistic that the decision would create a regulated vaping market, non-regulation has stubbornly prevailed.


June 01, 2022 by

Mexico bans sales of 'harmful' e-cigarettes

Mexico banned sales of electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices on Tuesday because of concerns about their health effects, the government announced. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said it was a "lie" to claim that e-cigarettes are a safe alternative to inhaling tobacco smoke.

"The vapors are also harmful for health," added Lopez Obrador, who signed a decree introducing the ban on World No Tobacco Day. He showed a pink vaping device to illustrate how the products are intended to appeal to young people.

"Look at the color, the design," Lopez Obrador said.

May 05, 2022 by

Live Vape Free program helps teens rise above the clouds

The New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) announces the launch of Live Vape Free, a new program offering teens free tools and resources by text message to help them quit the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarette, nicotine and vaping).

“Recent research by the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that much of the progress made in nearly two decades of getting kids to quit smoking may be eroding, as so many teens are trying, but failing to quit vaping nicotine.” said Acting Department of Health Secretary, David R. Scrase, M.D. “This program will be a valuable tool to assist our young people in quitting e-cigarettes [...]

March 31, 2022 by

Mexico wants to keep e-cigarettes out of teens’ reach

A group of Mexican lawmakers want to close legal loopholes they say make e-cigarettes easily available to teenagers.

The way the laws are written, it’s illegal to import this product to Mexico, but it’s not unlawful to sell it or manufacture alternative methods of nicotine delivery, lawmakers from the MORENA Party said.

“The consumption of tobacco products is down, but the development of nicotine delivery technology is strongly positioned in our society. We must update our legal framework to include newly commercialized products,” Sen. Eduardo Perez Astorga said in a publicly broadcast forum earlier this month.


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29 June 2018

Regulation of e-cigarettes in Mexico

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08 December 2023

BANNED IN MEXICO | Physicist Reacts to Draconian Vape Laws | #GFNTVInterviews

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29 March 2024

MEXICO'S VAPING DILEMMA | Tomás O'Gorman explores Mexico's hardline approach to vaping

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13 June 2020

6. Roberto Sussman | Mexico | - Nicotine use: the consequences of bad science for consumers

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11 September 2019

Misinformation on environmental vapor in peer reviewed literature: a scientific critique

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16 August 2023

[EN] #GFN23 | Regulation - the global picture

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18 April 2019

GFN 2019 Interview Roberto Sussman