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New pill is turning Cubans into SUGAR DADDIES.

A NEW sex pill to rival Viagra is putting a fresh gleam in the eyes of ageing sugar daddies. Made from sugar cane in Cuba, it is making their love lives a lot sweeter.

And now tourists are flocking to Havana just to try the drug for themselves.

President Fidel Castro is extremely proud of the Cuban-produced pill and even sent some to the former president of Panama, Guillermo Endara, whose wife Ana Mae is 33 years his junior.

The portly Endara, who weighs in at 16 stone, sent a grateful reply. "It's been incredible," he said. "I cannot thank you enough."

It is a sentiment echoed by the thousands of male visitors flooding into poverty-stricken Cuba for girls and a goodtime getaway.

All they need is a constant supply of women and a means to sustain the pace. Both are easy to get.

The infamous prostitution industry - which President Fidel Castro banished after he captured the island for communism 40 years ago - is back with a vengeance. Today, the Havana Honeys hawk their shapely wares on one corner, while their brothers do brisk business fuelling men with the sugar cane sex drug on the other. Even hotels sell it.

As one British tour representative put it: "It's part of the Cuban scene now - just as common as daiquiris and salsa."

Elderly and middle-aged men from Britain, Europe and Canada have been flooding into Havana to stock up on the drug, known officially as PPG Active.

A mere pounds 15 will buy 30 tablets, enough drive to last a week at least, and forget your doctor, here's a sex drug that is readily available in the street. And so is the sex. Havana is filled with hordes of young beauties who freely roam hotels and bars looking to show visiting foreigners a good time.

There's no shame in taking PPG. It is pushed on every street corner and bar, even in hotel gift shops.

Officially it's an "energy booster" which helps to keep mental and physical levels high.

The number of visitors to one of the few communist hold-outs in the world is soaring. More than a million are expected this year - making tourism Cuba's No.1 industry.

It used to be sugar cane. For decades the Cuban economy was kept afloat by the Soviet Union buying most of the crop at artificially high prices.

But since the plug was pulled on communism - and Moscow abandoned its old ally - much of Cuba's cane had been left to rot in the fields.

Now demand is bigger and better than ever with the claim that the natural ingredient polycosanols, a sugar cane extract, is one of the biggest physical boosters known to man.

A Government-run Cuban pharmaceutical company first developed the pill as a combatant for obesity and high cholesterol. It wasn't long before researchers noticed the rats used in testing had become extremely amorous.

Now the company is working overtime to keep up with orders, not only from Cuban street-sellers but from overseas.

Sales are worth more than pounds 25 million a year to the fragile Cuban economy.

Italy - which offers all-male charter flights to Havana - has become a big customer.

And with more and more Britons converging on Cuba to find out how effective PPG Active really is, the demand for it back home is beginning to grow at an incredible rate.

A man might just have stepped off the plane but in minutes it becomes perfectly clear how things work in Cuba.

Girls are everywhere, providing a non-stop cabaret as they parade around the quaint streets of Havana or stroll the beaches of the resort hotels. There's no getting away from it.

The only nation being left behind in the clamour for this natural aid to improved sexual performance is the USA.

America's decades-old economic blockade - which President Bill Clinton refuses to ease - prohibits trade with the island, just 90 miles off Florida and bans Americans from travelling to Cuba.

But even without the big-spending US tourists on board, Cuba is managing very well.

It is fast reclaiming its title as the fun and games capital of the Americas.

SOME families have all the big ideas! In 1935, Robert Watson-Watt - a descendent of Scots steam-power pioneer James Watt - launched a system to track an aircraft by the way it reflected radio waves. He called it RADAR. His big idea helped us win the Battle of Britain, but to keep it a secret, the RAF attributed their pilots' success in shooting down Nazi aircraft at night to eating carrots!
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Author:Hall, Maggie
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 18, 1999
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