In a bid to combat pollution inhalation, Chinese netizens have taken to plugging their nostrils with cigarette butts.
Users on Chinese social networks are saying that inserting a cigarette filter into each nostril can block deadly PM2.5 particles. Some are even posting pictures of themselves using the innovative technique. "Do not go out wearing masks, just buy a pack of cigarettes," one commenter said. "A magical fix for coping with the haze," read an apparently serious message that has now been reposted thousands of times over Sina Weibo.
The online trend (which may just be a joke) has gotten so big that several newspapers felt the need to inform readers that the method is completely useless and also dangerous. “Doctors said such practices would certainly impede air into the nasal cavity, affecting people's normal breathing,” Changsha Evening News said. “Fine fibres may be inhaled into the lungs, causing other diseases.”
Chinese scientists have, however, found one legitimate use for the extremely dangerous toxins found in cigarette butts – stopping steel pipes from rusting.
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