Pre-school tobacco prevention programme to be launched in Mexico

In the light of high rates of tobacco use among minors in Mexico, the Department of Public Health has joined forces with the National Cancer Research Institute and the MD Anderson Cancer Center to combat smoking among young Mexicans. Smoking is widespread in Mexico City, with 30% of the total population and 20% of teenagers aged 12 to 17 years smoking. The three entities have partnered to launch a pre-school tobacco prevention programme used in the United States that promotes an anti-smoking culture and fosters positive attitudes towards smoke-free public spaces and higher tobacco taxes.