The more than 50 civil society organizations that support the increase in the price of the pack of cigarettes in Mexico, will continue with activities of awareness and transparency of the vote of Legislators, around the proposal to increase the price of cigarettes. Cigarette packs in the country.
Last Thursday, October 14, more than 70 activists and representatives of civil society, represented by the InterAmerican Heart of Mexico Foundation (FIC), the Mexico Network without Tobacco, the National Alliance for Tobacco Control (ALIENTO) and, Communication, Dialogue and Conscience (CODICE), prostrated in front of the Chamber of Deputies to demand that the representatives of the LXI Legislature make a vote in favor of the health of Mexicans and not of the tobacco industry .
Dressed in shirts with the caption "yes to the tax on tobacco", gas masks and chrysanthemums that represent more than 60,000 deaths per year caused by tobacco in Mexico, more than 70 activists displayed banners with legends such as "Voting for health , not for the tobacco companies, "" deputies: Mexico needs more tax on tobacco "and" 7 out of every 10 Mexicans support the tobacco tax! And you gentlemen? "
In this regard, the teacher Erick Antonio Ochoa, Director of Initiatives for Tobacco Control of the InterAmerican Heart Foundation, mentioned:
"The campaign launched on October 7, aims to require Legislators of all parties, be aware of the serious public health problem that the consumption ofl tobacco for Mexicans, as well as for a weak health system that spends more than 45 billion pesos to provide care to patients with diseases related to smoking in Mexico, with which to treat other unprovoked illnesses ".
Ochoa added: "The Voting for Health campaign will continue until the Deputies are sensitive to this citizen's demand, and will provide timely and transparent monitoring of the meaning of the vote given by each of the 500 Deputies, through the page www.VotoPorLaSalud.org ”.