The world can be a really strange and mysterious place, especially when you find out which countries banned what products. Some of these bans might strike you as being completely ridiculous, which many of them are; however, that doesn’t change the fact that this is the law in another part of the world. Fortunately, in some countries, these bans don’t last; however, in many other places, they do. It really depends on the country and the ban. We know we would miss some of these products if the government were to prohibit them. Here is our list of the 10 most ridiculous bans that are currently in effect.
10. Singapore – Chewing Gum
In Singapore, there is a ban on importing chewing gum. Since 2004, only chewing gum with therapeutic value has been allowed in the country. No one can buy it directly – you need a prescription from a doctor. There’s also a $500 fine for anyone who is caught spitting their gum out on the streets.
The ban was put into effect in 1992 by prime minster Goh Chok Tong. People had been disposing of gum in mailboxes, inside keyholes, on lift buttons and had been leaving it on the ground, in stairways and on pavement, which was causing maintenance problems. When MRT trains were introduced in Singapore, the problem got even worse. People began sticking gum on door censors, which prevented the doors from working properly and disrupted the train’s services. These incidents were costly and it was nearly impossible to apprehend the people doing it, so they banned the other culprit – the gum.