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Smoggy days spur surge in air filter sales

By Zheng Xin (China Daily)

08:32, January 19, 2012

The headquarters building of China Central Television (CCTV) in Beijing is partially obscured by heavy fog on Wednesday. (China Daily Photo)

BEIJING - With the capital mired in the depths of its smoggy winter days, air purifiers are becoming a hot item among those wishing to breathe easier.

Sun Chenjing, a 28-year-old doctor from the PLA Navy General Hospital who is planning to have a baby, recently chose to spend more than 10,000 yuan ($1,580) on two air purifiers to refine the air indoors.

"I don't want my baby to fall prey to the city's pollution," she said.

Sun is just one of many Beijing residents who are buying air filters in droves. According to Gome Electrical Appliances Holding Ltd, China's second-biggest electronics retailer by revenue, the sales of its air purifiers in Beijing since June grew by 80 percent compared to the first half of the year, and it marked a 60 percent year-on-year increase.

Because of the lingering concern over smog and pollutants, the sales of air purifiers and other air cleaning products, including masks and humidifiers, have skyrocketed since November.

Zhai Lei, an agent who sells air purifiers for Amway in Beijing, said sales of the high-end model have doubled since November despite the fact that the price rose from 8,800 yuan to 9,300 yuan during that same period. The sales volume rose from 22 billion yuan in 2010 to 26 billion yuan in 2011.

Zhai said target clients are mainly white-collar workers and enterprise managers and executives, who attach great importance to quality of life and can afford what may be considered a luxury to some.

"Many people also purchase batches of machines as holiday gifts as Spring Festival approaches," Zhai said.

The upsurge of air purifier sales comes at a time when the capital has been persistently under a canopy of dense smog.

Sun said the two machines, which she placed in the bedroom and lounge, have been functioning pretty well.

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GWM at 2012-01-19109.238.72.*
Fog has a different color. If "fog" is caused by smoke (or other air pollutions), it becomes "smog".And since smog can penetrate into the lungs, it is dangerous to the health. People should start looking into closing their homes to outside air, especially gaps in windows, doors and walls.
no name at 2012-01-1978.129.227.*
why call it fog in the picture ? its smog / pollution
no name at 2012-01-1978.129.227.*
why call it fog ? its smog / pollution

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