Tobacco Consumption

  • 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

Health Consequences

  • 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

Tobacco Industry

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

FCTC Status

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.

1 Mexico Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) 2015. (Encuesta Global de Tabaquismo en Adultos México 2015).
2 Mexico Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) 2011.
3 Euromonitor International, 2016.
4 Global Burden of Disease (GBD) 2013. Seattle, WA: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), University of Washington;2015.
5 Arredondo A et al. Economic burden of expected epidemiological changes in dis¬eases related to tobacco. Rev Saúde Publica. 2007; 41(4):523-9.

Last updated Dec. 2016