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Yearly Archives: 2018

Marijuana: What are the lung health risks?

The legalization of cannabis has been permeating Canadian conversations for couple of years. Now, it seems that the future of legal cannabis is just around the corner. The main thing we know about cannabis is there are many questions that have yet to be answered. The Lung Association is working to ensure more research is done on the long term effects of cannabis. Many of the harms can be associated with smoking cannabis as evidence suggests that frequent cannabis use can lead to chronic bronchitis later in life. The best thing to do if you want to use cannabis is

Posted in Lung Health, Smoking & Tobacco

Spring clean your air

Spring is a great opportunity to clean out our closets, revisit resolutions that may have been forgotten and give your lungs a breath of fresh air. This April, add air quality to your spring cleaning list and take a moment to make your surroundings better for your lungs. Trust us – they will thank you. Sadly, air quality is something that’s not completely in our control, as we share the air with pollutants, like exhaust, smog or smoke. Good news is that you do have significantly more control over the indoor quality of your home. Below are five quick tips

Posted in Air Quality

Tips for healthy exercise with asthma

Just because you have asthma doesn’t mean you can’t be active — many professional athletes have it. But before you hit the gym or a field, it’s important to understand your body, your disease and how to manage it. Your asthma plan, developed with your healthcare provider, is a great start to getting your asthma under control.  Exercise can trigger asthma that’s not under control because it speeds up your breathing, forcing in more air through your mouth than your nose. This means that the filtration and warming up of air normally done by the nose is skipped. Suddenly, the

Posted in Asthma

Outdoor air pollution and your lungs

Breathing is easy when it’s easy to breathe. But that’s not always the case. No matter where you live, you likely experience some level of air pollution. This can be caused by traffic, smoke or seasonal smog, among other contaminants. But how does it affect your health? Air pollution is a mix of particles and gases like ozone, sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide that negatively affect your health and breathing. High levels of smog can be found in both urban and rural areas across the country, as wind carries pollutants hundreds of kilometres. The effects range from short-term, like coughs

Posted in Air Quality

5 Things you can do this Valentine’s Day to show your lungs some love

Valentine’s Day is upon us and with it the hordes of chocolates, cards and flowers. But we want to challenge you to celebrate a little differently. Stretch it out. Go to a yoga class to celebrate your lungs. Deep breathing has proven itself to be a great way to exercise your lungs. This not only helps to reduce stress, it helps to increase your lung capacity. Laugh it up. Go to a comedy show. Laughter may not be the best medicine if you have a broken leg, but it’s certainly a great way to show your lungs some love. Laughter

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