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Monthly Archives: July 2015

Top 6 tips to taking a great photo

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With smart phones and easy-to-use point and shoot cameras, everyone is a photographer these days. Try out some of these tips below to improve your craft, and maybe even have a shot at winning the #MyCanadianSummer photo contest hosted by the Lung Association and London Drugs. 1. Action! – While we’re not expecting you to photograph that split-second dirt bike jump, why not try to capture a summertime activity in action? The key is to pre-focus, increase your shutter speed, and plan ahead – make sure you’re in the ideal spot to capture that image before the action starts. 2.

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Be a leader – get radon certified

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The BC Lung Association has been working hard to raise awareness of the public health risks of indoor radon gas. After smoking, exposure to radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer in Canada. In fact, radon gas accounts for 55% of people’s lifetime exposure to radiation. Each year, as many as 16% of lung cancer deaths in Canada can be attributed to indoor radon exposure. Most people are exposed to unsafe levels of radon in their homes, workplaces and schools. “Raising awareness of the health risks of radon is just one part of the process,” says Britt Swoveland,

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Pollution levels – How does BC measure up?

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Summer wildfires and periods of stagnant meteorological conditions during the fall and winter of 2014 resulted in intermittently high levels of fine particulates (PM2.5) for a number of communities. In 2014, the area of forests burned – almost 360,000 hectares – was the third highest in provincial history. Several large fires occurred in the northeast, in the vicinity of Williston Lake, Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge and Quesnel. These and other smaller fires produced huge amounts of smoke that affected air quality levels, especially PM2.5 concentrations, in several B.C. communities. During parts of July and August, several areas of the province were under an air quality advisory due to wildfire smoke. Affected

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Disney stamps out smoking in youth-rated movies

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Does watching smoking in movies cause our kids to want to light up? Apparently so! According to the Partnership for Drug Free Kids, “children between the ages of 10 to 14 who view many movies with characters who smoke are more likely to try cigarettes themselves.” Well you can breathe easy Mom and Dad because Disney has set the stage (no pun intended) for movie makers to omit tobacco from any future productions.  Walt Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger said he would “absolutely prohibit” smoking in all Disney films going forward, including those produced by the studio’s wholly owned comic-book-movie division, Marvel

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Need to breathe? Trees please!

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With over 200 BC forests up in flames at the moment, and a recent air quality advisory in some regions, it might leave some wondering just how important are trees to our lung health? Most people are aware that trees play an important role in absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen, but do you know how much? Environment Canada states that “on average, one tree produces nearly 260 pounds of oxygen each year. Two mature trees can provide enough oxygen for a family of four”.  It is important to note that trees do not start producing significant amounts of oxygen

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Hazy days of summer – Forest fire smoke in Metro Vancouver

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The Ministry of Environment has issued an Air Quality Advisory for Metro Vancouver because of particulate matter in the air coming from wildfires outside the region. They advise that “Persons with chronic underlying medical conditions should postpone strenuous exercise until the advisory is lifted. Staying indoors and in air conditioned spaces helps to reduce fine particulate exposure. Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have diabetes, and lung or heart disease.” Here are some tips for staying safe and keeping your lungs healthy from the effects of smoke: Pay attention to local air quality advisories

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Update on Flavoured Tobacco Products in Saskatchewan

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There is growing concern over the consistency of youth tobacco use rates over the past few years across Canada. In Saskatchewan, this trend is particularly troubling, as tobacco use rates in the province are consistently greater than the national average. A popular hypothesis is that the availability of flavoured products is to blame. Multiple studies have investigated the effects of adding flavoured additives to conventional tobacco products, such as cigarettes, cigarillos, and cigars, as well as smokeless tobacco products. It has been consistently demonstrated that flavours can make tobacco products more palatable, by providing a more pleasant sensory experience for

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What will the climate be like in our future?

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Reports from the world’s climate scientists confirm that our greenhouse gas emissions are changing the climate in ways that have never been experienced before. Although the effects are not profound now, they will continue to accelerate in the next few decades. Often climate change seems like a far-off problem, and a low priority compared to everyday activities. But climate change will have profound impacts on B.C., affecting everything from water supply to disaster preparedness and local food production. Dealing with these issues now will increase the taxes we pay, the cost of insuring our homes, and the costs of doing business. But if we don’t, the combined costs will be even higher in the future.  In an urban area like B.C.’s Lower Mainland,

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Seven ways to improve the air we breathe every day

Forest-firefighting crews in Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, and in the Northwest Territories have already tackled hundreds of wildfires that have burned across northcentral and northern areas of the province since early sping. With more heat and dry conditions in the forecast in the next few weeks, more wildfires can be expected. The Lung Association, Alberta & NWT urges all Albertans — and residents in the Northwest Territories — to keep a close watch on local air quality reports, as well as following these seven small steps to keep your lungs healthy during the season. 1.     Check your local Air Quality Health Index

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