Amateur Cigar Society v. Republic of France

Amateur Cigar Society and its directors were sued for unlawful advertising of tobacco products.  Amateur Cigar alleged, however, that the tobacco advertising law was unconstitutional because it violated Amateur Cigar’s right to equal protection.  The trial court forwarded the constitutionality question to the Court of Cassation which upheld the legislation, reasoning that the goal of protecting public health outweighed Amateur Cigar's rights.


Amateur Cigar Society, et al. v. Republic of France, Case No. 591, Court of Cassation (2012).

  • France
  • Jan 24, 2012
  • Court of Cassation, Criminal Chamber



  • Amateur Cigar Society
  • Jean-Yves Martinez
  • Louis Mesple

Defendant Republic of France

Legislation Cited

Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, Articles 1, 11

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