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Fundacion Interamericana del Corazon

Year(s) :  2008
Grant Recipient Type :  NGO / Nonprofit
Budget :  $27,000
Contact Name :  Jorge Alday WLF
Grantor :  World Lung Foundation (WLF)
Project goal :  To explain the benefits of smoke-free restaurants and bars following the implementation of a smoke-free law.
Direct Grant :  Yes

Key achievement to date: Compliance in smoke-free Mexico City has remained very high with very few incidents. Self-reported exposure to second-hand smoke fell significantly between March and August 2008, from three in 10 to one in 10. The proportion of respondents reporting no exposure to second-hand smoke "in the previous 30 days" doubled from 19 percent to 40 percent.  Additionally, most indicators suggest that, after the law came into effect, restaurant, bars and cantina businesses in Mexico DF performed better than elsewhere in the country. For instance, turnover and gross profits for bars and cantinas grew in the five months from April to August 2008, compared to the same period the previous year, and grew more rapidly in Mexico DF than in the country as a whole. Restaurants in DF also outperformed those elsewhere in Mexico, with gross profits up - though there was a marginal dip in turnover.  

Major accomplishments to date:

  • A survey in Mexico City revealed high awareness of the smoke-free law and increasing agreement that patrons and workers have the right to breathe air free from tobacco smoke.

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