Guatemala Chamber of Commerce v. Guatemala (Docket 2158-2009)

The Guatemala Chamber of Commerce challenged the constitutionality of certain provisions contained in Guatemala's smoke free law.  The petitioner claimed that, among other things, the challenged provisions, which prohibit smoking in any enclosed space except for hotels and motels and establish pecuniary penalties for offenders, violate the freedom of industry and commerce.  Referencing the FCTC and emphasizing that the Guatemala Constitution recognizes health as a fundamental right of every person, the Court upheld the law.  Among other reasons for its decision, the Court concluded that the purpose of the challenged provisions is to regulate tobacco consumption to protect the right to health, not to limit the sale of tobacco products.