GUMAHOLICS rejoice, your favourite pastime may soon become an even stickier business. In yesterday's Government Gazette, the Government brought its regulations on the allowance of mineral oils in food in line with international practices, allowing for the use of hydrocarbon wax. The wax is used to improve the elastic and plastic properties of chewing gum base and its proportions will be allowed to increase from the present 0.2 per cent to between two and eight per cent. The wax makes chewing gum even more chewy and is sure to build up the jaw muscles of ardent chewers even further. The move comes after a petition from the United States National Association of Chewing Gum Manufacturers to the Government seeking an exemption for their products from the 0.2 per cent provision. Despite no wax level being internationally recognised, most chewing gum products contain two to eight per cent hydrocarbon wax. But not all are rejoicing over the new regulations. An Urban Services Department source said any gum with stickier properties was going to cause havoc for cinema and public transport janitors. 'Chewing gum is hard enough now to remove from fabrics, carpets and furniture, even with modern solvents and things. 'If the new regulations make it stickier, the new stuff will be even harder to remove.' But a nutritional therapist concluded the new regulation would not alter the make-up of most chewing gum already available in the territory. He said most imported gum is already complying with the two to eight per cent recommendations and the Government was simply updating its regulations.