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Monthly Archives: May 2014

Smoke-free housing – a smokin’ hot issue?


You bet it is – and to get the word out, we’ve designated June as Smoke-Free Housing month – and partnered with leaders in the multi-housing sector to educate landlords, property managers, strata corporations and developers on the benefits of going smoke-free. Read the full news release. Why? 50% of residents living in apartments/condos report exposure to second-hand smoke Fewer than 1 in 5 British Columbians smoke Multi-housing residents want smoke-free buildings No-smoking rules are legal and enforceable Supply of smoke-free buildings is scarce No level of exposure to second-hand smoke is safe Going smoke-free is healthier and economical Cleaning

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Guest Post from Marilyn Reddy: Celebrating 32 Years of Volunteering


My name is Marilyn Reddy and I have just retired after serving 32 years as a volunteer board member with the Lung Association of Saskatchewan.   Working with this amazing organization brought me much pleasure and pride as I witnessed an organization that truly cared and worked tirelessly to  help people have healthy lungs.  Many programs and services were developed over the years that helped meet that goal. My initial contact was with the former Saskatchewan Anti-Tuberculosis League in 1977 when I was a start up Occupational Health Nurse with the former Saskatchewan Wheat Pool.   Grain dust in the elevators at

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Garth’s Lung Story


No one ever told me that smoking could lead to COPD!  I used to see those charts on my doctors wall saying that if I quit….over time….my lungs could return to normal ! Unfortunately, this is not always true and so after smoking for 30 years, I’m told that I have COPD with a combination of Emphysema and Pulmonary Fibrosis. This was in August of 2011. For the first couple of years, life was not much different….other than some shortness of breath when I walked up hill or lifted something heavy.  I had a flare-up in Florida in the winter of 2013

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Ex-smokin’ Moms Speak Out to Inspire Others!

L to R - Karen, Jess and Sharon (2)

Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 11) is coming on fast, and we at the BC Lung Association are here to help any moms who want to quit smoking by providing them a little incentive. That’s why we decided to launch a new online quit & win contest through our province-wide smoking-cessation program The contest challenges women to blow off for one full week (June 2 to 8) for a chance to win $1,000 cash. Contest closes June 1, 2014 at midnight.(Learn more at We also called upon members of QuitNow’s online quit support community, to share their personal quit stories in

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Guest post from Dr. Josh Lawson: New Research on Asthma Rates in Saskatchewan


Asthma is one of the most common childhood diseases.  Past research has shown that the number of children with asthma was typically lower in rural areas compared to urban.  However, some rural factors (i.e. exposure to farm animals) that were thought to protect children from asthma, may actually result in worse health outcomes if a child does develop asthma.  The reasons for these differences are unknown, but certain environmental exposures may play a role, along with how the disease is diagnosed and reported.  It is important to identify reasons for these differences in asthma rates to understand why some children

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