Despite reports of health benefits
and the energising effects of oxygen
bars, which have become the latest
craze in China, David Valacer, pulmonary specialist at New York
Hospital contends that there is
much hype associated with the use
of these bars and prolonged inhalation could be toxic to certain cells in
the body. More than 100 oxygen
bars offering concentrated oxygen
to the smog-saturated citizens have
popped up recently in major
Chinese cities. Six bucks buy you a
half hour with a face mask or nasal
tube in Beijing, where the population level is higher than the maximum considered safe by the World Health Organization.
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