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The skies will become anything but friendly to smokers Sunday, and Charles Sleichter couldn't be happier. Like an air-conditioning salesman sensing a summer heat wave, Sleichter predicts that sales of his company's "smoking alternative" chewing gum will take off when a smoking ban on almost all U.S. airline flights takes effect Sunday. The potential is "phenomenal," said Sleichter, president of Advantage Life Products Inc. in Laguna Hills.
August 11, 1989 | From Associated Press
Coca-Cola Co. officials don't want people buying little bottles of "Mad Scientist Magic Powder" because they say it might just make them think there's "coke" in their Coke. The "magic powder" is a powdered bubble gum produced in Italy and distributed in this country by Alma-Leo U.S.A. Inc. of Northbrook, Ill., a Chicago suburb. The company sells it in tiny plastic bottles that Coca-Cola officials say are shaped like their old soda bottles.
May 7, 1989 | MERCER CROSS, National Geographic
The healed herringbone scars, crisscrossing high up the trunks of the tall sapodilla trees, are the diaries of the bold chicleros who slashed them with their machetes years ago. Chicle--milky liquid latex--once trickled freely down the sluices hacked in the trees, collecting in canvas bags at the base. Boiled down and molded into rubbery gray blocks for export, it was the basic ingredient of chewing gum until a few years ago. Chicleros , the rugged, resourceful men who risked their lives and endangered their health in their quest for the once-essential substance, have passed into the folklore of their verdant homeland.
March 6, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
Nicotine gum, chewed by smokers trying to kick the habit, is probably of little value in the way it is most often used, researchers said last week. The finding was based on a study of 315 smokers, some of whom were given the gum and others a look-alike without nicotine.
October 17, 1988 | Compiled from staff and wire reports
Chewing gum after meals may be the next best thing to brushing for preventing tooth decay--that is, if the gum contains the natural sweetener xylitol, according to a University of Michigan study. Xylitol has been shown to reduce cavities by 50%, said Kauko K. Makinen, a professor of dentistry and biochemistry at the school. Makinen based his findings on a study of 324 11- and 12-year-old children in Ylivieska, a rural community in northern Finland, conducted between 1982 and 1987.
January 23, 1985 | DOUG SMITH
Shortly after school let out Monday, five girls ages 11 to 13 reported to a second-floor studio in Northridge. There, they are learning how to turn their youthful dash and energy into ladylike charm and make themselves look beautiful. They sat in pink and white directors chairs on a white linoleum floor, facing their own reflections in a wall-length mirror.
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