Employee, et al. v. Bank San Paolo di Torino

The trial court of Turin petitioned the Constitutional Court to declare certain tobacco control laws unconstitutional.  The trial court observed that the federal government's failure to ban smoking in enclosed workplaces undermined the level of health protection guaranteed by the Constitution's right to health and the principle of reasonableness.  The Court held that the constitutional question was unfounded, finding that the lack of a complete ban on smoking did not violate the Constitution.  The Court noted that, under existing regulations, employers were required to take adequate steps to reduce the risk from secondhand smoking in the workplace to a level so low as to prevent jeopardizing the health of workers.


Employee, et al. v. Bank San Paolo di Torino, Judgment 399/1996, G. U. 28/12/1996, Corte Costituzionale [Constitutional Court of Italy] (1996).

  • Italy
  • Dec 20, 1996
  • Constitutional Court of Italy (Corte Costituzionale)


Plaintiff 300 Employees

Defendant Bank San Paolo di Torino

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