XPL Innovations, which makes a peppermint chewing gum thats supposed to help the body expel nicotine, recently sent a delivery of more than one thousand packs to Charlie the Chimpanzee, whos been puffing coffin nails tossed to him by zoo visitors.
Unlike those smoking-cessation chewing gums, the so-called XPL Gum doesnt contain any nicotine and isnt designed to help humans or chimps quit tobacco.
Instead, its supposed to reduce the negative effects of smoking by cleaning the teeth, freshening the breath and clearing out some of the nicotine in the body.
The makers of the gum think the product could be good for Charlie, but it may not work out that way.
Karen Killmar, the Associate Curator of Mammals at the San Diego Zoo, says that unless Charlie has been trained to chew gum, its likely hell just swallow the stuff and gum up his system if he decides to put it in his mouth at all.
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