Nobleza Piccardo v. Provincia de Santa Fe

Nobleza Piccardo, a BAT affiliate, challenged the constitutionality of a sub-national law that established a complete ban on tobacco advertisement, promotion and sponsorship in the Province of Santa Fe. The tobacco company argued that this measure violated freedom of expression and commercial freedoms and that sub-national governments were not entitled to legislate in these matters. The Argentine Supreme Court ruled in favor of the sub-national tobacco control law, finding that this ban was a reasonable restriction of commercial freedoms. Considering the impact of tobacco use, the Court connected these measures to be obligations derived from the right to life and the right to health. With regards to freedom of expression, the Court found that commercial speech is not entitled the same level of protection as political or social speeches. The Court also understands that health is an area of concurrent power and thus shared by both the federal and the sub-national governments. Notably, even though Argentina has not ratified the FCTC, the Court uses it as an international standard for tobacco control policies. 


Nobleza Piccardo S.A.I.C. y F. c/ Provincia de Santa Fe, 188/2006 (42-N)/CS1, Corte Suprema de Justicia (2015)

  • Argentina
  • Oct 27, 2015
  • Supreme Court of Justice


Plaintiff Nobleza Piccardo S.A.I.C. y F.

Defendant Provincia de Santa Fe

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