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Singapore Takes Another Crack at Gum

July 10, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

People in Singapore will soon be allowed to buy chewing gum -- but only from pharmacies and only types that aid "dental and oral hygiene," the Trade and Industry Ministry announced. A prescription will not be required.

The government initially will allow Orbit and Orbit White, both from Chicago-based Wrigley. A ministry spokeswoman said other gum makers would follow. The tightly controlled city-state outlawed gum in 1992, complaining that chewed wads were fouling pavements, buses and subway trains -- which are now famously spotless.

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