"Canned Air" Hitting Beijing's Smog-Filled Streets





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Published on Jan 30, 2013

Move over air filters and micro particle filtering masks. Beijing residents now have another option for fresh, clean air. All they need to do is unseal these cans, and a waft of unpolluted air will be instantly available.

At least that's what this Chinese philanthropist is promising.

Chen Guangbiao's canned air has become the latest smog- fighting measure for Beijing's weary residents.

The multimillionair says it's a statement about China's polluted environment.

[Chen Guangbiao, Chinese Philanthropist]:
"Selling this air, I am using an exaggerated method, a principle, to tell everyone that if we don't start protecting the air in our environment, in ten years our descendants will all be wearing gas masks."

Known for his showy charity and publicity seeking stunts, Chen's critics say this is just his latest gimmick. But Chen says it's not about him, it's about setting an example.

[Chen Guangbiao, Chinese Philanthropist]:
"Nothing I do is for fame or for personal benefit. I just want to use the years I have left in my life to tell more people to protect the environment, to be good people, have good hearts and do good deeds."

Air quality in Beijing has fallen again after an all-time low three weeks ago. Canned air may not be the solution to the air pollution problem but some say the point gets across.

[Yang Zhe, Beijing Resident]:
"When I first saw it I thought it was a drink. I wouldn't have imagined it was fresh air. It's really great. It reminds people to use less fuel, and do what they can for Beijing's air. I hope everyone can work together."

Chen says the canned air comes from less polluted, rural areas like the Tibetan Plateau and northern Shaanxi province. Each pop of fresh air will set you back 45 yuan, or about $7. Chen says he will donate 80c back to the rural regions.

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