Mexican business organizations denounced today, Friday, January 13, that the reform of the tobacco lawwhat It will enter into force on January 15. and that it prohibits displaying the product, it will harm small businesses and violate the rights of adult consumers.
The Employers’ Confederation of the Mexican Republic in Mexico City (Coparmex CDMX) stated in a statement that the measure will affect 85,000 grocery stores in the Mexican capital alone, for which up to 25% of their sales depend on tobacco.
“This type of prohibitionist policies threaten commercial freedom, the independence of consumers to decide, it hits the industry and damages the jobs of workers and the ability of the State to generate resources through taxes to generate public welfare policies,” the organization stated.
In addition, he assured, the modification of the regulation of the General Law for Tobacco Control violates the Mexican Constitution and gives the impression that it is an illegal productwhich will encourage irregular trade, according to his perspective.
Tobacco law, a questioned prohibition
Throughout this week other business organizations such as the Business Coordinating Council (CEE)the National Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Self-Service and Department Stores (ANTAD), among others.
These denounced in a joint position that the new regulation is “illegal” and “unfounded”, without a “legal basis” or health and that it will not achieve its objective of avoiding tobacco use.
The legal reform did not adhere either, they said, to the established processes, since the Health Secretary exceeded his powers by assuming the functions of legislator and would set a precedent, since never before has a legal product been hidden for sale.
“The productive sector fears that, if this measure is made effective, it could easily be replicated in other types of products or industries,” they stressed.
In addition, they remarked that Cigar sales promote more than 15% of monthly sales of the more than six thousand stores registered with the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (Inegi), which generate more than two million jobs, support more than five million people and supply 52% of national demand.
All agencies, however, shared the need to promote actions to protect health and promote public policies to prevent tobacco use.
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