Last updated: October 28, 2019

Key Terms

Addictive Substance

Term Defined

"Addictive substance" means a substance that causes addiction or dependence which endangers health, marked by behavioral and cognitive changes and physiological phenomena, a strong desire to consume the substance, difficulty in controlling its use, prioritizing the use of the substance over other activities, increased tolerance, and that can cause withdrawal symptoms.


The definition of "addictive substance" is significant because Law No. 36 of 2009 authorizes the regulation of addictive substances in tobacco products.