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Smoke-free housing – a smokin’ hot issue?

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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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Ex-smokin’ Moms Speak Out to Inspire Others!

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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 QuitNow.ca. 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 contest.quitnow.ca) We also called upon members of QuitNow’s online quit support community, to share their personal quit stories in

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Save Your Lungs and the Planet this Earth Day!

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To mark Earth Day on April 22nd, the BC Lung Association invites you to take a big, deep breath for a smoke-free world and kick the smoking habit for good. If you’re wondering what reducing tobacco use has to do with saving the planet? Check out this World Health Organization report. It spells out some of the most glaring effects the tobacco industry has on our planet, “Although the global share of agricultural land used for tobacco growing is less than 1 percent, its impact on global deforestation is 2–4 percent. Research suggests that tobacco growing may be up to 10

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TB survivor Manav Gill shares her story!

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March 24, 2014 – World TB Day – Today marks World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, an opportunity for us all to acknowledge and take action on an infectious disease that is responsible for 1.3 million deaths annually.  Fortunately for those of us who live in Canada, incidence of TB is low, with approximately 1,500 new cases reported every year. “The best defence is a first-class control and prevention program. Luckily, in Canada, we are very fortunate to have one of the finest,” says Scott McDonald, CEO of the BC Lung Association. “But we mustn’t become complacent.  Even Healthy Canadians fall ill with TB.” Proof

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How Your Smartphone Can Help You Quit Smoking

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  The BC Lung Association QuitNow program has gone mobile; delivering free quit smoking support into the palm of your hand day or night. “We’re all becoming increasingly reliant on our mobile phones,” says Jack Boomer, QuitNow Director for the BC Lung Association. “So it follows, if our role is to be there for British Columbians struggling to quit, we need to be easily accessible through any mobile device. Now all of our quit smoking tools, contests and support services can be easily navigated through your smartphone or iPad as well as your desktop computer.” If a quit plan is

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Friends & Family Unite to Fight Lung Disease!

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The BC Lung Association’s 29th Annual Bicycle Trek for Life and Breath united some 300 cycling enthusiasts and event volunteers from across British Columbia this past weekend, September 7 and 8th, to raise funds for vital lung health research, programs and initiatives. The 2-day, 200km ride from White Rock to Cultus Lake and back was everything a Bike Trek should be: beautiful, challenging and in the end, very rewarding. Cyclists shared laughs, forged friendships and reached personal goals—while riding for a cause they believe in. To participate, cyclists raised a minimum donation of $500 and in return, traveled a fully

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More BC Condo Complexes Choose to Butt Out

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It’s move-in day. You’re making dinner in the great new apartment you just bought. And suddenly you catch a whiff of cigarette smoke coming from next door. If you’re a healthy-living type, your home-buyer happiness may be gone in a puff of smoke. Well homeowners in the downtown Squamish, BC condo complex The Artisan decided to get proactive.  The 68-suite (three commercial and 65 residential suites) building has just set a new milestone by voting to become 100 percent smoke-free. Mike Young of Dynamic Property Management, the building’s strata manager says, “There are 68 units in the building, including several smokers,

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Traffic Jams are Hazardous to Our Health

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Safeguarding British Columbians from the health effects of air pollution needs to become a greater priority, suggests the BC Lung Association’s 9th BC State of the Air Report released for Clean Air Day (Today, June 5) underlining traffic-related air pollution exposure as a critical issue once again in 2013. The annual report unites experts on air quality and health to provide British Columbians with a snapshot of key issues, pollutant levels and initiatives underway to address areas of concern. Approximately one-third of all Canadians live within 100 metres of a major road or 500 metres of a highway—the zones most

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Facebook Fun for Quitters!

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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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Asthma Education: Bridging the Cultural Divide

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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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