May 26, 2004
Chewing Singapore

Christian Science Monitor is carrying this tidbit that notes after 12 years ultra-uptight Singapore is finally lifting its ban on chewing gum. Of course, it's never as simple as that:

Before Singaporeans even think about unwrapping a pack, however, they must submit their names and ID card numbers. If they don't, pharmacists who sell them gum could be jailed up to two years and fined $2,940.

No surprise that the primary motivator for lifting the ban was a congressman in whose district Wrigley Co. makes its home. Well, hey, that's how it's supposed to work.

Posted by scott at May 26, 2004 10:15 AM

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