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"Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today -- but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all."
- Isaac Asimov

Soot-Extractor Nostril Plugs (Antisoot Plugs)  
  A small device worn to filter industrial pollutants out of breathing air.  

How hard could it be to convince human beings living in an overcrowded world to move to Venus? Where they'd have a lot more space?

He went on telling me about the American way of life - walked to the window with me and pointed out the hundreds of acres of rooftops where men and women could walk around in the open air, wearing simple soot-extractor nostril plugs instead of a bulky oxygen helmet.
From The Space Merchants, by Frederik Pohl (w/CM Kornbluth).
Published by St. Martin's Press in 1952
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They are also called "antisoot plugs:"

She paid the tab and we left, inserting our antisoot plugs as we hit the street.

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