Costa Rica’s Highest Court Butt’s Out Smoking Ban

Although the legislature approved on second reading the Control Act of Tobacco, the executive can not issue the ultimate sanction.

The Constitutional Court ordered the executive to suspend the penalty and consulted publication of the rules to not resolve the merits of the request. They are based on the Law of Constitutional Jurisdiction.

The assembly president, Juan Carlos Mendoza, submitted the bill to a vote on Monday and received 45 votes in favor and two against. Now the Constitutional Court has the final word on that law.

On Twitter, the president of the Republic, Laura Chinchilla said, to accept the order, “but it forces us to consider the operation of the legislature.” she said.

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