• Smog has air purifiers flying off the shelves

    Smog has air purifiers flying off the shelves
    Two Beijing pedestrians wear masks as they walk on the street.
  • Dense fog lingers in north, east China

    Dense fog lingers in north, east China
    Cars run in fog on the Lianhua Bridge in downtown Beijing.

Dense smog cripples traffic, prompts surge in mask sales

The ongoing foggy weather and decreasing air quality that have shrouded parts of China since Sunday has prompted a surge in mask sales and affected the vegetable supply by crippling traffic and closing expressways.

Exposure to smog is severe hazard

Experts are worried that particulate matter in the air, which is in higher concentrations in North China because of the heavy fog since the weekend, may lead to various respiratory diseases including lung infections and cancer.