I have never been a gum chewer. I can't pace myself worth a darn, so my jaws get tired and flavor is gone in no time. But as a nation, we are not the chewers we used to be and the gum industry is nervous. Gum sales in America have fallen 11 percent in the last four years. There doesn't appear to be a definite answer as to why there's such a decline, but you do have the usual suspects: Some say gum is too expensive. Others say there's lots more options these days. There's more awareness from the dental industry. Mints are less annoying than chewing and popping. Well, something to chew on I guess (best I could do). DB