In Mexico, until January 15, 2023, the regulation of the anti-tobacco law, of an official nature, came into force, through which smoking is prohibited in open and closed public places, as well as directly or indirectly in any pack or convenience store, social network and tobacco products in department stores.
As our President Andrés Manuel López Obrador explained when supporting the anti-tobacco law, “Anything that helps prevent diseases will be supported by my government and I know there is dissent from those who make a living from the tobacco business.” , But it is necessary to make decisions for the benefit of people’s health.
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, another world leader who expressed his approval of the decision, said that the body welcomes a bold movement in tobacco control. “We call on all countries to strengthen anti-tobacco policies to help us prevent 8 million deaths each year.”
As the Senate Health and Legislative Studies Committees pointed out, last year, upon approving the said legislation, smoking is a public health problem that requires immediate attention, “since it kills more than 8 million people a year.” , of whom more than 7 million are direct consumers and about 1.2 million are nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke. Tobacco is harmful in all its forms and there is no safe level of exposure.
About 14.2 million adult Mexicans and 685 thousand adolescents in our country smoke tobacco; Men consume the most (11.1 million) compared to women (3.8 million). Of the consumers, 5.5. million smoke daily, 9.4 million are occasional smokers and 1.8 million are addicted to nicotine.
Smoking is one of the six to eight leading causes of death globally, and one of the four to six most prevalent non-communicable diseases, accounting for approximately two-thirds of deaths globally.
In Mexico, it is estimated that just over 51,000 people die each year from diseases caused by smoking, which is 7.3% of total deaths from diseases per year, 141 preventable deaths per day and 1.2 Million years represent healthy life. lost annually.
Following a study by experts assembled by the World Health Organization in 2021, it was determined that smokers were more likely to develop severe symptoms in the event of contracting COVID-19, as tobacco cause it gets worse
One of the main provisions of the new regulation is a complete ban on all forms of advertising and promotion of tobacco products, including their display at points of sale; One of them is the extension of protection against other smoking and exhalation of any tobacco and nicotine product.
With the regulation of the General Law for Tobacco Control, Mexico has become one of the countries at the forefront of protecting the health of children and adolescents.