Singapore is set to ease its ban on chewing gum following free trade negotiations with the US.

Singapore struck a deal with US negotiators to relax its ban on chewing gum, although only sugarless gum prescribed by doctors and dentists as having therapeutic and medicinal purposes will be allowed.

Gum was banned ten years ago in Singapore because it was considered a public nuisance. It was found to have jammed MRT trains, causing inconvenience to commuters and cleaning bills for the government.

The sale of gum will be controlled, with consumers needing a doctor’s prescription to buy the product, reported the Business Times Singapore.

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