The 2016-2017 year national survey on drug, alcohol and tobacco consumption showed that the rate of smoking between 12 and 65 years rose from 17% in 2011 to 17.6% in 2016. At the same time, the average number of smokers increased from 6.5 to 7.3 per day.
Although the law prohibiting smoking in public places, such as restaurants, bars and workplace, has come into effect in 2008, the effectiveness of the investigation is questioned.
The survey found that non smokers were exposed to the risk of passive smoking in public places such as bars, restaurants, public transport, schools and workplaces.
At the same time, it was alleged that the law designed to prevent the sale of single cigarettes 25 years ago was widely ridiculed, but it made the smoking more feasible economically. 50% of the smokers surveyed said they bought a single cigarette from the supplier, and the price of each cigarette is usually about 5 pesos ($0.26).