Global Epidemic



  • Approximately 16 percent (10.9 million adults) of the population 15 years of age and older smokes. Almost 25 percent of men and 8 percent of women smoke.
  • Among youth (age 13-15) in Mexico City, over 27 percent smoke cigarettes with little difference between genders (boys 26 percent; girls 27 percent).

Health Consequences

  • An estimated 47,000 Mexicans die each year from tobacco-related diseases, which account for 10 percent of total deaths.
  • In Mexico City, 60 percent of youth (age 13-15) are exposed to secondhand smoke in public places, while 46 percent are exposed to secondhand smoke at home.

Tobacco Industry

The international tobacco companies dominate Mexico’s cigarette market, holding almost 99 percent of the market share. In 2008, Cigarros la Tabacalera Mexicana, a Philip Morris International subsidiary, held 65 percent of market share. It was followed by British American Tobacco (23 percent) and Japan Tobacco (10 percent). In 2008, over 35 billion cigarettes were sold in Mexico.

FCTC Status

Mexico ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on May 28, 2004.

Tobacco Control Policy Status

For the latest data regarding smoke-free places, advertising and promotion, packaging and labeling, and taxation and price, download the Mexico Tobacco Control Policy Status fact sheet.

Updated: April 2014