Cigarettes 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.
Tobacco smoking prevalence
Number of current smokers:
Adult current tobacco smoking prevalence:
Adult current tobacco smoking prevalence (female):
Adult current tobacco smoking prevalence (male):
(1) WHO global report on trends in prevalence of tobacco use 2000-2025, third edition. (2019). World Health Organization. https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/who-global-report-on-trends-in-prevalence-of-tobacco-use-2000-2025-third-edition. (2) Department of Economic and Social Affairs (Ed.). (2019). World Population Prospects 2019 (Online Edition Rev. 1.; Population Division). United Nations. https://population.un.org/wpp/Download/Standard/Population/
Annual number of deaths attributable to tobacco smoking:
Annual number of deaths attributable to tobacco smoking (female):
Annual number of deaths attributable to tobacco smoking (male):
Annual percentage of all deaths attributable to tobacco smoking:
Annual percentage of all deaths attributable to tobacco smoking (female):
Annual percentage of all deaths attributable to tobacco smoking (male):
The Tobacco Atlas. Available at: https://tobaccoatlas.org/topic/deaths/ Data source: GBD 2016 Risk Factors Collaborators.
Nicotine Vaping Devices (E-cigarettes) 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.
Adult current e-cigarette vaping prevalence:
Ever tried e-cigarette vaping:
Encuesta Nacional de Consumo de Drogas, Alcohol y Tabaco, ENCODAT 2016-2017. Available at:https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Iktptvdu2nsrSpMBMT4FdqBIk8gikz7q/view
Data on vaping prevalence in Mexico (in Spanish) can be found in the National Poll on Consumption of Drugs Alcohol and Tobacco. It is official government data and is publicly available. Data on e-cigarette usage is found in the tobacco section and a pdf version can be downloaded using the link. Around 59,000 people were polled in the survey.
Advertising is regulated:
Allowed or banned at place of sale or allowed or banned in all media.
Regulated as tobacco product:
Other options for purchasing - where bans in place:
Data cross-referenced where possible using the following sources :1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/ ; 2. Global tobacco control website. Available at:https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052 ; 3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/
Although restrictions are in place shops can be found in a large number of larger cities/towns
Legal to buy device online - personal use:
Legal to buy nicotine online - personal use:
Legal to import device - trade:
Legal to import nicotine - trade:
Legal to purchase without prescription:
Regulations and restrictions
Minimum age restrictions on sales:
Legal restrictions on use in public places:
Snus in Mexico
There are no comments specific to snus in Mexico in the database.
Information obtained from industry source (2014 data)
Heated Tobacco Products in Mexico
Heated tobacco products are not regulated.
Personal communication, Andrew Zaman, External Affairs, Philip Morris International
Ban on sale and import of tobacco heating device only – HTP consumables are considered tobacco products regulated by the existing Tobacco Law.
Philip Morris International website. Available at: https://www.pmi.com/smoke-free-products/iqos-our-tobacco-heating-system
Nicotine Replacement Therapy in Mexico
There are no comments specific to nicotine replacement therapy in Mexico in the database.
Consumer Health: Euromonitor from trade sources/national statistics. Date Exported: 8/9/2019. (c) Euromonitor International 2019
Legal to purchase without prescription:
WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2019. https://www.who.int/tobacco/global_report/en/ (2019).