cigarette smoking Young people are swelling ranks of smokers.

Smoking on the rise after years of decline

New smokers aged 15 to 24 contribute to increase in tobacco sales

Policies that were implemented 14 years ago to discourage smoking were initially successful judging by statistics but the practice is back on the rise in Mexico.


The market research firm Euromonitor International found that legal cigarette sales dropped 35% between 2005 and 2013, from 45.9 billion to 29.9 billion a year, prompting the firm to forecast that the market would continue to drop 1.4% annually during the following five years.

But the forecast was off.

Now Euromonitor has revealed the tobacco industry saw some recovery in 2016 when sales increased by almost 3%, bolstered my new smokers aged 15 to 24.

Higher tobacco taxes imposed in 2011 failed to hold back industry revenues, which were up more than 64% in 2016.

According to the National Institute of Respiratory Diseases, 1.6 billion cigarette packs were sold between January and June 2016, almost 43% more than during the same period of 2015.

It was in 2003 that the federal government began adopting measures to curb smoking based on World Health Organization recommendations that have been cited for bringing about a big decline in cigarette sales worldwide.


The government began taxing cigarette sales and put limits on their advertising. Tobacco companies were also required to include warning messages informing consumers of the health risks to which they were exposing themselves by smoking and restrictions were placed on smoking in restaurants and bars.

The tobacco industry was understandably unhappy and not optimistic.

Philip Morris International lamented in 2014 that “government actions and social approval of smoking restrictions have caused a drop in the industry’s volume in many of our markets, and we expect those factors to continue . . . .”

That they did not is an issue for a group of non-governmental organizations that on Monday presented a report saying that Mexico’s performance in terms of anti-smoking policies has been “disappointing.”

The document gave Mexico 5.5 points out of 10 for falling behind in creating policies to protect people from cigarette smoke, enforcing advertising prohibitions and imposing higher taxes on tobacco.

The chairman of the Mexican Council Against Tobacco Use said it was necessary to send out a message that emphasizes the damage smoking causes to society.

“We must not demonize smokers,” Dr. Juan Zinser Sierra told a press conference, “because they are just victims of this damaging vice, and need the support and help of society and its institutions.”

“It is the industry that we must watch, because it misleads the population, especially the young, promoting equally harmful alternatives like electronic cigarettes, which have not even been proved to aid in quitting smoking,” he asserted.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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  • Commander Barkfeather

    Pick a date… any date… say, 15 years in the future. If a person was born AFTER that date, they are forever forbidden to purchase tobacco products… EVER. Give the tobacco companies time to diversify, give the public time to adjust and become familiar with the new order of things. In fifty years, the only people still smoking will be very old men… not very sexy. BTW–I’m a smoker. Real dumb!

    • JasonSteiner

      You are naively assuming a black market wouldn’t emerge to sell cigarettes born to anyone born after the date.

      • Commander Barkfeather

        There would not be enough of a market for a black market to be profitable. Also, knowing they would have to forever rely on a black market for supply, a person born after the date would be foolish to start smoking. But thank you for playing.

        • JasonSteiner

          Forever relying on black markets for supply is common. Look at street drugs. If prohibition for alcohol continued in the U.S the black market for alcohol would still exist today. As for foolish people,there is no shortage of them. Plus who are we to judge what is foolish. There are literally a billion smokers in the world. Smoking obviously fulfills some human needs. Governments should provide health information and then get out of people’s lives. I say that as a lifelong non-smoker.

          • Commander Barkfeather

            I started smoking Camel non-filters when I was thirteen years old–I am now 64 and still smoke. I can state categorically, through personal experience, smoking fulfills absolutely no human needs whatsoever. Black markets are, at best, temporary solutions to supply deficits. A cigarette black market exists in New York State, not for the purpose of providing supply, but to avoid high state taxes to the marketer. The surest way to increase black markets is to increase the tax. And to what end? The “kick” one gets from nicotine is nowhere near as potent as alcohol, cocaine, heroine, LSD, hashish… there are simply better products for a black market. Finally, cigarettes come from companies. RJReynolds, Altria (Philip Morris), British Tobacco… These companies have lots of assets they would like to keep, and fifteen years (under my plan) to diversify those assets, they will not invest in what they know will be an ever decreasing market–be it black or not.

            As for judging what is foolish, I judge actions, not people. I think the consensus is that like Nazism, kitty torture, and gangsta rap, smoking does not have much going for it. You seem like an intelligent person, Jason, but I fear your libertarianism is stepping on your logic.

  • K. Chris C.

    Just another tax increase coming under cover of “public health” a coming.

    Interesting how the “public health” impact of their CIA profit boosting “war on drugs” is not ever highlighted.

    An American citizen, not US subject.

  • jdwfinger

    double, triple the tax. No one should smoke. Too bad for the sellers of death, they deserve to be put out of business forever.

  • Vinny Gracchus

    Another biased tobacco control propaganda piece. The statements about vaping being jus as hazardous as smoking are out right lies, but then again so are the tobacco control claims about second hand smoke.