A Mexican lawmaker has proposed a 50-percent tax on chewing gum. According to news sources, Institutional Revolutionary Party Deputy Juan Manuel Diez Francos claims such a tax could fund efforts to clean up the gum discarded in various public venues. Mexico is apparently the second largest consumer of gum behind the United States—citizens chew an average of 2.5 pieces daily. A similar proposal is currently being sought in Northern Ireland for the same reasons. See VOXXI November 28, 2012.