Monitoring estrategy for control of tobacco in Mexico: Advertising, promotion and sponsorship, packaging and labeling

Rosibel Rodríguez-Bolaños, Luz Myriam Reynales-Shigematsu, Norma A. Ibañez-Hernández, René Santos-Luna, Raydel Valdés-Salgado, Erika Ávila-Tang, Frances A Stillman

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Objective: To describe strategies used in the publicity, marketing, and sale, of tobacco products in 12 cities in Mexico. Material and Methods: Tobacco products points of sale (POS) were identified within a 500 m radius of Global Youth Tobacco Survey (2005-2006) schools. We used observational surveys and an online Geographic Information System (GIS). Results: In the 257 schools visited, we found, on average, 8.3 stores and 5 street vendors around each of them. Forty-four percent of the stores had interior tobacco publicity, 8.3% had tobacco products at children's eye level, 6.5% had some promotion, 33.6% had a no selling to minors sign, and 44.4% of stores and 58.8% of street vendors sold single cigarettes. Conclusions: Tobacco products are largely publicized and marketed around schools. There is no compliance of tobacco control legislations in regards to selling to minors and single cigarettes. It is necessary to implement a surveillance system to monitor strategies for tobacco control and the tobacco industry.

Original languageSpanish
JournalSalud Publica de Mexico
Issue numberSUPPL.2
Publication statusPublished - 2010



  • Epidemiological surveillance
  • México
  • Products labeling
  • Publicity
  • Tobacco
  • Tobacco-derived products commerce

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Rodríguez-Bolaños, R., Reynales-Shigematsu, L. M., Ibañez-Hernández, N. A., Santos-Luna, R., Valdés-Salgado, R., Ávila-Tang, E., & Stillman, F. A. (2010). Estrategia de vigilancia para el control del tabaco en México: Publicidad, promoción y patrocinio, empaque y etiquetado. Salud Publica de Mexico, 52(SUPPL.2).