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Mexico’s new anti-smoking law: smoking banned in stadiums

The new law came into force on Sunday 15 January 2023. Tobacco promotion, advertising and sponsorship are also now banned.

Mauricio Torres
Mauricio Torres
Mexico’s new anti-smoking law: smoking banned in stadiums
Jose Luis Melgarejo

On Sunday 15 January 2023, the Anti-Tobacco Law came into effect in Mexico, which consists of prohibiting the display of cigars in all stores and also smoking in public spaces. Due to the new restrictions, fans who go to the stadiums of any sport will no longer be able to smoke as all sporting venues will now be 100 percent smoke-free.

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The previous no-smoking law modified the restrictions that were in place for several years - the ban applied to bars, workplaces and restaurants. But from 2023, it will no longer be possible to smoke in restaurants, bars, squares, terraces, balconies, sports halls, hotels, courts, markets , hospitals, churches, public transport stops, playgrounds, amusement parks, private and public schools or on public transport. During the first weekend of action in the Clausura 2023, some spectators made the most of of the moment to smoke but they will no longer be able to do so.

According to information from the Federal Government, the Federal Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS) will be in charge of enforcing the new rules in all public spaces. They will also attend to complaints, since the national organism has as objective that smoking tobacco or vaping is no longer normalized. In case of non-compliance - people who fail to respect the new regulations will be subject to a fine of up to three thousand pesos.

Various studies have revealed that Mexico is one of the Latin American countries with the most cigarette users. It is estimated that two out of every eight people are addicted to tobacco, producing around 16 million smokers. Around 200 premature deaths linked to smoking are estimated per year, while many people develop other types of diseases as a direct result of smoking.


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