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Monthly Archives: June 2015

Thank you AirCare for helping to keep our air clean!

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AirCare was a vehicle inspection and maintenance program that ran from 1992 through 2014 in the British Columbia Lower Mainland (Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley Regional District). The objective of AirCare was to improve regional air quality by requiring that emissions from cars and light trucks met minimum standards before they could be insured. After more than 22 years, the AirCare vehicle emissions testing and repair program closed its doors at the end of 2014. There’s no question that AirCare has helped keep the Lower Mainland’s air clean, and provided health benefits to its residents. Despite the fact that

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Heat holding you hostage? Breathe easy, says BC Lung Association

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Has the sudden onset of sunny summer weather got you cowering indoors beside a fan or the air conditioner? The truth is summer air can sometimes be harder to breathe. Pollution levels are higher, trees and grass are releasing aggravating pollen, and the humidity alone is an obstacle to regular breathing. Even people who don’t normally have difficulty breathing can find themselves affected by poorer air quality on particularly hot, humid summer days and begin to wilt when the thermometer starts to bypass the 25° mark. The burden can be even harder to bear if your health is compromised by a

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Clarification: Does forest fire smoke build resiliency in individuals?

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We regret any confusion based upon the health effects that forest fire smoke can cause to people with asthma in our 2015 State of the Air report on the 2014 forest fire season.  Data from the BC Asthma Monitoring System showed that forest fire smoke events later in the season were associated with fewer physician visits and pharmaceutical dispensations than smoke events earlier in the season. This may indicate that the population as a whole was better prepared for subsequent smoke events after experiencing an initial event. The State of the Air report suggested that populations build resiliency to forest fires smoke

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Our Tobacco Free Tuesday Winner – Natalie Thornhill Pirro

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I was a smoker for 20 years; I tried quitting many, many times. Recently I was sick with a stomach bug and didn’t smoke for two days. I thought to myself, “well, I haven’t smoked for two days, I may as well quit while I’m ahead and seize the moment!” To help me with the process I did a few things: I created a board on Pinterest called “I’m a quitter” and I pinned all sorts of visuals so that every time I had a craving I could go and look at them. I kept a pack in my purse

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We’re teaming up with the First Nations Health Authority!

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The BC Lung Association’s Health Promoter Team is hitting the road this summer in partnership with First Nations Health Authority to attend community events in the Fraser Salish region. We’ll be talking with children and families about secondhand smoke and the gifts of smoke-free living through a fun and interactive campaign called Inside | Out. The campaign message is simple: “when children or Elders are inside, smoke goes out.” The approach is to create a fun, interactive space where people feel comfortable talking about a sometimes difficult and misunderstood subject of secondhand smoke. The campaign does not demonize smokers or

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Winners: David Suzuki Foundation radon detector contest

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Congratulations to Jennifer, Don, Shelley, Donna, Ashleigh, Cathy, and Jasmine for winning the David Suzuki Foundation radon detector contest! Jasmine Mah is one of the seven happy winners of the British Columbia Lung Association and David Suzuki Foundation’s radon detector contest. Mah has been a huge fan of David Suzuki since her childhood growing up in BC, but only recently learned about radon. “I didn’t realize what a big threat radon was,” said Mah. “I first heard about it in my David Suzuki e-newsletter, and it struck me as something that I should learn more about. I began to research

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7 Tips for Clean Air Day

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By Connie Choy, Provincial Air Quality Coordinator/Smoke-Free Homes & Asthma Program Coordinator at The Ontario Lung Association Clean Air Day is a great time to think about ways to keep the air we breathe as clean and healthy as possible. Look at these tips to help lead to cleaner air: • Check the air quality readings in your local area. Visit www.airhealth.ca for your local conditions. • If there is poor air quality expected or a smog day forecast, stay indoors in a cool environment and keep windows and doors closed. Reschedule outdoor activities to another day if possible. Exercise indoors

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