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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.