12.9% of the adult population are current smokers

There are approximately 12.0 million current smokers in Mexico

20.1% of men are current smokers but only 6.2% of women

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Data sourced: 2024.   Page updated: 2024-04-08

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.



In Mexico, 47320 people die each year due to tobacco smoking.

2.2 million €

Market size of NRT.

NRT market size is estimated to be 2.2 million €.

Nicotine Vaping Devices

in Mexico

A decree issued by the President under The General Law on Tobacco Control (article 16) in Mexico prohibits the sale, distribution, exhibition, promotion or manufacture of an object that imitates a tobacco product. This includes nicotine-containing e-cigarettes. The decree was originally put in place to address candy cigarettes. There is no legal restriction on e-cigarette use. The law prohibiting sales appears to be widely flouted.

Heated Tobacco Products

in Mexico

Heated tobacco products are not regulated.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

in Mexico

NRT market size is estimated to be 2.2 million €. In Mexico it is legal to purchase nicotine without using NRT prescription. NRT is legal to market. You can buy NRT in Pharmacy.


in Mexico

Snus is allowed. Snus is legal to use.


in Mexico

The sale of Pouches is banned. Pouches are illegal to be marketed.

The GSTHR database is updated regularly by our team. However, please be aware that the information we provide does not constitute legal advice. We cannot guarantee that the information is up to date or accurate, as the regulatory status of different product categories can change at short notice and with little publicity. If you wish to check the legal status of use or possession of any safer nicotine product in a specific country or region, you should verify the information independently. If you have reason to think that the information supplied on the GSTHR is inaccurate, please contact us with details and any references and we will rectify any errors.