- In Mexico, 16.4% of adults (age 15+) are current tobacco smokers (men 25.2%; women 8.2%).1
- Among youth (age 13-15) in Mexico, 14.6% currently smoke cigarettes, with little difference between genders (boys 15.8%; girls 12.9%).2
- In 2015, over 35 billion cigarettes were consumed in Mexico.3
Secondhand Smoke Exposure
- 17% of adults are exposed to secondhand smoke at their workplace, 25.8% are exposed in restaurants, and 25.9% on public transport.1
- In Mexico, 44.6% of youth (age 13–15) are exposed to secondhand smoke in public places, while 33.3% of youth are exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes.2
- Over 43,000 Mexicans die each year from smoking-related diseases.4
- 5.5% of all deaths in Mexico are attributable to tobacco smoke.4
- Approximately 100,000 patients demand healthcare services each year to treat tobacco-related illnesses.5
The international tobacco companies dominate Mexico’s cigarette market, holding more than 99% of the market share by volume. In 2015, Cigarros la Tabacalera Mexicana, a Philip Morris International subsidiary, held 66% of market share. It was followed by British American Tobacco with 26.3% and Japan Tobacco with 7.4% of cigarette market share.3
Mexico ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on May 28, 2004. The treaty went into effect on February 27, 2005.
Tobacco Control Policy Status
For a summary of smoke-free, advertising and promotion, packaging and labeling, and taxation and price measures, download the Mexico Tobacco Control Policy Status fact sheet. For more information visit the Tobacco Control Laws website.
Updated: December 2016