National Confederation of Industry (Confederação Nacional da Indústria) v. ANVISA

Allies of the tobacco industry, including tobacco industry lobbying group Sinditabaco, sued ANVISA to block implementation of a 2012 regulation that bans additives and flavors in tobacco products. Implementation of the regulation had been stalled while this case was pending.

The Supreme Federal Tribunal, Brazil’s highest court, upheld the regulation and affirmed the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency’s (ANVISA) right to regulate tobacco products. Although the decision is not binding because of a lack of quorom, it is unlikely that subsequent challenges to the regulation would be decided differently.

The full decision will be uploaded once it has been made available.