Over half of respondents say they wear masks on smoggy days but nearly 60 percent doubt their effectiveness， to a survey by China Youth Daily.
The study of 2，004 people found that 55.5 percent of those questioned wear masks for protection， while 31.8 percent don’t think it is a necessity. About 13 percent say they never wear masks even on days with high air pollution.
When people buy a mask， ， followed by effectiveness in filtering polluted air ， price and design ， said the survey.
For effectiveness， 14.8 percent think masks work remarkably well， 58.5 percent say the impact is not noticeable and 18.1 percent think they are more of a psychological solace.
The survey also shows 57.1 percent believe the benefits of masks are hyped while 49.6 percent think there are too many fake products on the market.
Xu Peiyun， who is 23 years old and grew up in Beijing， said she does not have the habit of wearing a mask even on polluted days. Even when she does wear a one， than physical protection.
She also thinks damage from sand storms， hits Beijing in spring， Xu’s parents also don’ they find them troublesome.
Ren Zhuo， who came to study in Beijing during 2016， she finds it difficult to breathe outdoors without it.