Korean people snapping up canned oxygen for a breath of fresh air

Korean people snapping up canned oxygen for a breath of fresh air

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We’ve reported of declining air quality all over the world… but also right here in Korea. A recent report showed this country rounded out in the bottom ten in terms clean air.
Face masks have been selling like hotcakes in recent months… but guess what? Koreans are now snapping up canned oxygen, yes, fresh oxygen from stores… to get a breath of fresh air.
Our Oh Jung-hee reports.
Masks have become an essential item for people in Korea seeking to avoid the increasingly dusty air floating around the country.

“But now, people are becoming more proactive in protecting themselves. Masks are still widely used, but consumers are going one step further to provide themselves with fresh air,.. using products such as portable canned oxygen.”

This medical equipment store in downtown Seoul is just one of a growing number of shops selling the product.
Each can has about 800 millimeters of oxygen and it’s portable, so people can carry it around wherever they go.
Canned oxygen was originally developed for medical use, but it’s become popular with ordinary citizens seeking a break from the potentially dangerous particles.

“These days I’m a bit afraid to open the windows because of the fine dust in the air. So I put a can of oxygen in my car and use it quite often. It refreshes my mind.”

The shop owner says he definitely notices the uptick in sales of the product.

“Sales of canned oxygen have risen by 30 percent. Before, it was only one or two people a day who came to buy the cans,… but now, about seven or eight people come.”

Aside from canned oxygen, a wide variety of so-called “clean air” products,… such as oxygen generators and nose masks,… can be found online,… potentially making clean air the next hot commodity in Korea.
Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News.

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