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Canned Fresh Air

Air quality has gotten so bad in China that one entrepreneur is cashing in on the smog selling cans of fresh air.

Chinese multi-millionaire Chen Guangbiao, who made his fortune in the recycling business, handed out (pictured) soda pop-sized cans of air, reportedly collected from remote and pristine regions of China like Xingjian in the north-west. The air was distributed in January when residents of Beijing were choking on toxic smog. According to Chen, he sold eight million of these cans priced at 5 yuan (50 cents) each in the last 10 days of January when air quality was exceptionally poor.

The canned air comes in a variety of flavors like "pristine Tibet," and "revolutionary Yan'an," the Communist Party's early base. It was introduced in mid-2012 but gained popularity this year, according to local media reports. Chen has said he donates the proceeds from the sales to the poorer regions of China.

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