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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Facebook Fun for Quitters!

Sharon & Allison THUMB

We know quit medication and other tools can ease the physical symptoms associated with nicotine withdrawal, but it’s education and a personal social network that promotes lasting lifestyle changes. That’s why the BC Lung Association’s QuitNow team has invested in building a support network, but not in the way you might think. This is an online community – and it lives on Facebook. For those trying to quit and stay quit, the QuitNow Facebook page is proving the most popular way to share encouragement, tips and experience, quitter to quitter. Given its success, the QuitNow team is working to drive

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Keep Your Lungs Safe During All of Your Summer Adventures

For many Ontarians, the spring and summer months are a welcome chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and reconnect with the solitude of nature at campgrounds and cottages. Here are some tips that will help you make the most of the warm weather in a lung-friendly way!   1. Put your mind at ease before you travel to new corners of Ontario by finding out where the nearest emergency medical services are located at your destination. This way, you will be prepared if you have an emergency.   2. Adventure awaits – but make

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Spring Season and Indoor Air Quality

Spring brings warmer weather which encourages Canadians to open the windows and let in the fresh spring air into the home. As well, spring is the perfect time to start some spring cleaning throughout the home. Here are some simple tips to follow for healthy air in the home: Remove clutter such as old books or clothes – these items attract dust and mould. Use air-friendly cleaning products. Mix baking soda and water to form a cleaning paste or mix equal parts lemon juice and water for an effective surface cleaner. Vinegar is also great for cleaning windows and other

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Born With Asthma

I was pretty much born with asthma and allergies. And back then they weren’t even “in style” like they are now. As a young child I had eczema (itchy skin), food allergies, asthma and rhinitis (congestion in the nose). Sometimes they call this the “allergic march”. You start with eczema then food allergies get added, and so on. It wasn’t until I was 21 that I had a severe life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. I put a candy in my mouth and immediately felt that typical allergy reaction anyone with numerous food allergies knows all too well. I didn’t even

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Grade 2/3 Students in Saskatoon are Loving their Lungs 4 Life!

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May 31, 2013 – World No Tobacco Day Mrs. Laurie Jay’s Grade 2/3 students from Lakeridge School in Saskatoon got in the game and are loving their lungs 4 life! Our school attended a presentation that was sponsored by The Lung Association of Saskatchewan, The Saskatchewan Roughriders and Triple 4 Advertising Ltd.. My Grades 2/3 class had the pleasure of meeting Scott McHenry,  #18 from the Saskatchwean Roughriders.  Scott talked to us about how to keep our lungs healthy, negative peer pressure, and how to make healthy food choices.  Scott’s big message to us was to “believe in yourself and to

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21 years smoke-free, thanks to the Lung Association!

Karen Flanagan-McCarthy

                                          I couldn’t have quit smoking without the ‘Countdown’ course I took at The Lung Association 21 years ago. And I am quite sure becoming a non-smoker has added years to my life. It certainly has added life to my years! I smoked for 18 years. I got to the point where I was smoking a pack a day. My ‘ah-hah’ moment, when I knew I had to quit smoking, came when I realized I couldn’t climb two flights of

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SWAP to STOP this World No Tobacco Day

  Every year, on 31 May, the World Health Organization and partners everywhere mark World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. This year, The Lung Association, Alberta & NWT will be celebrating World No Tobacco Day (May 31st) at the Grande Prairie Stompede with the SWAP to STOP campaign.  Beginning on May 29, 2013 at the Grande Prairie Stompede, the SWAP to STOP campaign will invite rodeo athletes and attendees to swap their cigarettes and smokeless tobacco for NICORETTE® gum and start going tobacco-free. Building on

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Asthma Education: Bridging the Cultural Divide


Most people with asthma say they have their disease under control, but studies suggest that less than half of asthma sufferers actually do. One of the ways we are trying to increase the number of patients able to effectively manage their asthma is by improving communications with new British Columbians. BC is home to 16 percent of all immigrants who settle in Canada – many of whom arrive with pre-existing chronic conditions including asthma and who do not have their asthma under control. “Challenges arise not only because of language barriers – though this is significant – but also because

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Managing Spring Allergies

Spring can be such a beautiful time of year. The snow is melting, the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming. However, this wonderful time of year is not so beautiful for those who are allergy sufferers. For them, spring means itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, and having trouble breathing. Rae Thygesen is one of those spring allergy sufferers. She tells her story about what the spring season means to her and how she tries to manage: “My allergies usually start to act up around late March, early April depending on how late the snow starts to melt and snow mold

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Monitoring your lung health during wildfire season

Alberta is no stranger to wildfires. According to the Ministry of Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (AESRD), Alberta has had an average of 1,541 wild fires per year in the last 10 years. Currently, wildfires have forced evacuations in two Alberta communities, as fire season began with warm, windy and dry spring weather. With these high numbers of wildfires throughout Alberta, many people may be affected by the smoke of forest fires. The Lung Association urges those with lung disease such as asthma and COPD to monitor their breathing and avoid exposure to smoke. Please visit for more

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