Jaunait Consulting v. México

The Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) determined that electronic cigarettes cannot be banned under the interpretation of Article 16(VI) of the General Law on Tobacco Control, which states: "It is prohibited to trade, sell, distribute, display, promote or produce any object that is not a tobacco product which contains some of the brand elements or any type of design or auditory sign that identifies it with tobacco products." The Court found that this interpretation is unconstitutional since (i) the sale of tobacco products is allowed, and (ii) banning non-tobacco products without a proper justification violates the principles of equality, legality, proportionality, and non-discrimination.

This ruling applies only to the plaintiff who was a party to this case, Juanait Consulting. However, if the same court issues five judgments with identical holdings, the decision would be binding nationally. This is the first such decision by the First Chamber.

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Jaunait Consulting, Sociedad Anónima de Capital Variable v. Cámaras de Diputados del Congreso de la Unión, Amparo en Revisión No. 435/2019, Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación (Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation), (2019).

  • Mexico
  • Jul 2, 2019
  • Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación – Primera Sala

Parties

Plaintiff Jaunait Consulting, Sociedad Anónima de Capital Variable

Defendant Chamber of Deputies of the Congress of the Union

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Type of Tobacco Product