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A man of his word: Smoke Free Grad 2000

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Curtis signed a contract in grade one, decades later, he has never broke his promise. There were a lot of exciting events happening in 1989. The Swift Current Broncos won the Memorial Cup in Saskatoon. The Riders won the Grey Cup that fall for the first time since 1966. My family was moving into a new house on the farm. It may have been these exciting events that forced The Lung Association’s Smoke Free Grad 2000 pledge to stick in my head. Maybe the exciting times made me think positively about my future. Based on statistics, I was unlikely to

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Eight Years Tobacco-Free and Counting. Honouring a loved one by honouring yourself!

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Kristie’s Breathe Story While I was in high school and in my early 20’s, I lived a very unhealthy lifestyle. I ate anything I wanted, rarely exercised and smoked a half a pack a day for 15 years. Shortly after I turned 31, I was hit by a bomb—my mother was diagnosed with terminal lung and brain cancer. I was devastated beyond belief and it triggered a rollercoaster of emotions. For years, as I grieved the loss of my mom, I never made my health a priority. I spent countless hours searching for a way that I could honour my

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Quitting Smoking – We are here to help!

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Today marks the start of National Non-Smoking Week. This event was established in 1977 by The Canadian Council for Tobacco Control.  However, The Lung Association likes to think of everyday as a great day to quit smoking. It is in fact the best thing you can do for your health! The Certified Respiratory Educators at The Lung Association are always eager and happy to help anyone with their quit journey.  I am grateful to be part of this small but mighty Health Promotion team that empowers everyone to breathe easier.  I find that each person’s quit experience is different.  However,

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Lung Association of Saskatchewan Lifetime Achievement Award – 2016

Ms. Pat Smith (right), Chair of the Lung Association of Saskatchewan volunteer board, presents the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Darcy Marciniuk at the Respirology State of the Art Conference, Saskatoon,
May 28, 2016.

We are very pleased to announce that the Lung Association of Saskatchewan has conferred its highest award on Dr. Darcy Marciniuk of Saskatoon. The Lifetime Achievement Award recognises 25 years of outstanding service by Dr. Marciniuk to improving respiratory health in Saskatchewan. Darcy Marciniuk was born, raised and educated in Saskatchewan. After receiving an MD from the University of Saskatchewan, he attended the University of Western Ontario for specialty training in Internal Medicine and he completed his sub-specialty Respirology training at the University of Manitoba. He returned to Saskatchewan in 1990 and joined the Respiratory Division where his career in

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Season’s Sneezings : April showers bring May flowers

For most people, spring time is a time of the year when we shed winter coats and breathe in the long-forgotten smells of budding flowers and trees. But almost a quarter of Canadians suffers from allergies in the spring that make this time of the year difficult to enjoy. Jaimie Peters is a Registered Nurse and Certified Respiratory Educator with the Canadian Lung Association’s Helpline. She shares her tips on dealing with seasonal allergies. What causes springtime allergies? Most spring allergies are caused by pollens that are released from grass, trees, and flowers. Spring allergies cause hay fever, otherwise known as allergic

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Important Tax Changes for Planned Gifts

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Up until January 1, 2016 trusts created in your will, called testamentary trusts, had a distinct advantage as earnings in the trust were taxed at graduated rates. A graduated tax rate is how an individual’s income is taxed – lower rates at lower income levels with tax rates increasing as the level of income reaches higher thresholds. This advantage was so attractive, wills often contained instructions to create multiple testamentary trusts to reduce the tax load on their beneficiaries. For example: A Saskatchewan taxpayer paid a combined federal and provincial tax rate of 8.9% on taxable income of 20,000 in

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My Experience With Lung Cancer – Epilogue

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[See previous posts – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6] On March 17, 2016, 26 months after receiving her diagnosis of lung cancer, Dr. Terry-Nan Tannenbaum passed away. The courage with which she struggled against lung cancer is evident from the six instalments of her blog. The Lung Association was truly blessed to have a friend such as Dr. Terry-Nan Tannenbaum. From 1999 to 2006, Terry-Nan was the Medical Director of a project to develop a TB control program in Ecuador. The project was funded by CIDA through the Canadian Lung Association. During this time, Ecuador went from having the

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FOCUS. BREATHE. PLAY HARD. – A Learning Opportunity and Experience!

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We are 4th year nursing students from the University of Saskatchewan who began a community health rotation at The Lung Association in September.  From the first day we were welcomed with open arms and their inter-professional staff provided us with multiple learning opportunities. Our main project was the Focus. Breathe. Play Hard. Lung Health Challenge  which was done in partnership with The Saskatoon Blades and The Regina Pats.  We were busy and worked like Santa’s Little Elves for the past three months to complete our assignments. Our days at The Lung Association were filled with emails, drafting, editing, finalizing, organizing,

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Dr. Frank Scott receives prestigious Founders Award

Dr. Frank Scott receives the 2015 Founders Award from Karen Davis, Treasurer, Canadian Lung Association

It is our pleasure to report that the 2015 Canadian Lung Association Founders Award was presented to Dr. Frank Scott of Saskatoon. The CLA Founders Award honours individuals who have devoted themselves to the affairs of The Lung Association and to the cause of respiratory health. The award recognizes exemplary innovation or commitment towards lung health. The award is given to an individual who is actively involved in the promotion of lung health and the prevention of lung disease in a health professional role. Dr. Frank Scott is the longest-serving volunteer Board member in the history of the Lung Association

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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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