With the entry into force of the General Law for Tobacco Control in the country, whose modifications were published in the Official Gazette of the Federation (DOF) on December 16, The voices for and against the new legislation have intensified and increased the national debate. Not only non-smokers have established their position, supporting the measure, but also tobacco merchants and consumers expose their disagreements and explain why.
Such is the case of the merchant guild. Cuauhtémoc Rivera, president of the National Alliance of Small Merchants (Anpec), foresees a discouraging scenario for the little shopssmall businesses in popular neighborhoods, since he estimated that the new regulations will cause losses of up to 25% in sales which, in turn, will have an impact on 1.2 million establishments and the jobs they generate; Besides that stimulate the rise of the black market for cigaretteshence asked vendors to join the actions against the anti-smoking law.
Rivera urged store owners to take refuge in the General Law for Tobacco Controlfor which offered advice to business owners, in addition to making a “machote” available to them so that they can join the community action, although he recognized that Not everyone will be able to do it, because an amparo can cost between 40 to 50 thousand pesos, without taking into account that it takes between 6 and 12 months to be issued..
Why oppose the anti-smoking law?
economic affectation. Sales of these products represent 25% of your monthly income
black market promotion. It benefits the illegal industry that is currently equivalent to 20% of national consumption
Affects free trade. It violates the freedom of choice of consumers
Anpec concluded that one of the predominant tendencies of the Government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador have been the prohibitions, through a restrictive public policycon negative consequences and few or no benefits for citizensorchestrated through the Federal Commission for Protection against Sanitary Risks (Cofepris), under the command of the Undersecretary for Health Prevention and Promotion, headed by Hugo López-Gatell.
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