Chewing Gum


Moscow, RUSSIA - May 24, 2016: various brand chewing gum. chewing gum brands Orbit, Dirol, Eclipse, Stimorol, Wrigley's, Spearmint. a lot of chewing gum packages. focus on chewing gum Eclipse

Kendall Lee and Elexis Yang



Did you know that the world chews 560,000 tons of gum a year? Chewing gum is a very common trend worldwide and has been around since 1848.

Gum was invented the same year that gold was discovered in California, and was invented without technology. It all started with the Native Americans, in North America, and was chewed in the form of Spruce tree resin. In 1928, Frank Fleer invented the Dubble Bubble, which was the name given for bubble gum.

Currently, 53.5% of the U.S. chews gum. 




Chewing Gum consists of multiple ingredients that help make up the chewy texture.

  • Gum

Non-digestible, rubbery, chewy base

  • Resin

Adds strength

  • Fillers

Adds texture

  • Preservatives

Extends shelf life

  • Softeners

Adds moisture

  • Sweeteners

Sugars, or syrups

  • Flavorings



Gum Laws and Rules


Unlike the United States, other countries have strict rules about chewing gum. The main reason why these countries prevent gum is to make their cities cleaner.


In Singapore, it is not illegal to chew gum, but there is a $1,000 to $10,000 fine for improper gum disposal or carrying large quantities of gum. Buying and selling gum in Singapore is illegal and is also forbidden. Also, if you travel to Singapore from outside of the country, you are only allowed to bring a maximum of two packs of gum. More than two packs is considered “gum smuggling” and has a penalty of one year in jail.



This law also stands in Dubai. Chewing gum is not allowed in metro and bus stations and spitting gum out in public spaces can earn a person a fine of Dh1000 ($272.27).

These laws were enforced because of how dirty these places originally were. Djulia Montana De Veyra, explains in the article, “Singapore: Laws To Know Before You Go,” “Chewed wads [were] left on seats of public buses, pavement in public areas, stairways, and floors were… considered serious problems”( The last straw to determining the gum ban was when the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) started having problems with door sensors when people started sticking gum onto them. These were a few of the reasons why the enforced law was so serious.



In most schools, including Bowditch, chewing gum is banned because teachers believe that gum is messy, rude, and distracting. As you probably know, students often stick gum in places like under tables or chairs, which often annoys teachers and other students. Gum can also come off as rude, because chewing gum can make loud smacking sounds. Chewing gum isn’t that distracting, but blowing bubbles or attempting to blow bubbles can distract the student chewing gum, and other students as well. With gum, or any type of food in your mouth, it also makes public speaking harder.

But besides school, what are the pros and cons about chewing gum?




  • Reduces stress


  • Boosts memory
  • Helps people focus after a long period of time
  • Increase alertness
  • Replacement for candy, so it is lower in calories
  • Reduce appetite
  • Helps eat less and lose weight
  • Sugar free gums can protect teeth
  • Reduce bad breath
  • Xylitol-sweetened gum reduced bad bacteria in mouth up to 75%
  • Chewing gum increases saliva flow which cleans food bits out of mouth
  • Works as a cough drop too


  • Jaw pain
  • Headaches
  • Diarrhea
  • Tooth decay
  • Digestive problems


Gum has had a long history and is one of the most well known trends today. There are different types of gum for different purposes. The gum industry is flourishing and probably still will in the future.