Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has published a new tobacco control law that includes bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, alongside restrictions on public smoking.
Under the new law, the use of e-cigarettes and heated tobacco products will also be prohibited in indoor public places.
According to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids (CTFK), about 30 percent of youth are exposed to secondhand smoke in hospitality venues in Mexico.
“Mexico’s comprehensive law is a victory not only for public health, but for the government champions and advocates in Mexico who worked tirelessly to ensure this life-saving measure was enacted,” wrote CFTK Director of Latin American Programs Patricia Sosa in a statement. “It is critical that the Mexican government ensure swift implementation of the new law so that all Mexicans can truly be protected from the deadly tactics of Big Tobacco companies.