Monday, March 15, 2004

Bubble-GumTrade Concessions
SINGAPORE - As of Thursday, people chewing gum in Singapore will no longer be arrested -as long as they're blowing bubbles obtained with a doctor's prescription.

The southeast Asian city-state is backing down slightly on its 12-year ban of the import, manufacture and use of chewing gum, by allowing the sale of "therapeutic" brands.

Those include Nicorette, the nicotine substitute used by smokers trying to quit, and certain types of sugar-free gum recommended by dentists and oral surgeons.

The clause was negotiated as part of a free-trade agreement with the United States, which is still lobbying for other kinds of chewing gum to be allowed.


Post a Comment

<< Home