Jump in sales of N95 masks ahead of haze season
Check by Case shows they are 'readily available'
Published on Jun 28, 2014 6:30 AM
The haze may not have descended on Singapore yet, but some people are not taking chances.
Two major pharmacy chains have seen a jump in sales of N95 masks in the last one or two months, though checks by the Consumers Association of Singapore (Case) show that these are still "readily available".
At Unity pharmacies, sales of masks have gone up by about 20 per cent this month and in May, compared with April. Last year, the company sold one million N95 face masks.
Mr Andy Wan, director of wholesale and housebrand at NTUC Unity Healthcare, said the company expects "a significant increase" in face mask sales when the haze returns and is ready to "quickly replenish the masks at our 54 outlets whenever stocks run low". "We are also stocking up on other haze-related items such as eye drops, inhalers and medication to relieve throat irritation," he added.
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