“In 1985, I ended up at the hospital and [I was told] that I had asthma. I started looking into COPD deeper, and I found the Canadian Lung Association, and they had material on it, and they sent me a whole bunch of material about COPD.”
1 in 5 Canadians struggle to breathe. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the number 1 cause of hospitalizations in Canada, asthma affects 13% of children and lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for men and women – contributing to a yearly economic impact of $12 billion.
THEN: in 1900, the focus was on controlling the spread of tuberculosis. The inability of many Canadians to breathe properly demanded a new focus.
Enter The Lung Association
NOW: In recent years, the Association has dedicated resources to promoting and improving lung health for all Canadians, with much of its focus on smoking prevention, asthma education and clean air promotion (e.g., non-smoking workplaces).