The Canadian Lung Association

The Canadian Lung Association

November 03, 2014 11:20 ET

November is Lung Month

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 3, 2014) - November is national Lung Month and to celebrate, the Canadian Lung Association is urging everyone to think about breathing and why lung health is so important to them and their loved ones.

Across the country, there will be a variety of activities, in person and online, to make Canadians more aware of how precious our lungs and our breathing is for all.

During Lung Month, the Canadian Lung Association is asking everyone share a breathtaking picture with friends and family through social media. It's simple and easy to participate. Here's how:

1) Post your most breathtaking pic and add #mybreathtakingpic

2) Include a short message: "Post a pic that takes your breath away and give Canadians with lung disease a chance to breathe easier"

3) Nominate a friend and get them to do the same

4) Ask your family and friends to support The Lung Association by donating to www.lung.ca

November also sees the launch of Breathing as One, a national fundraising campaign aimed at bringing patients, researchers and donors together to breathe new life into lung research. The Breathing as One campaign will break down the barriers that impede advances in our understanding, prevention and treatment of lung disease, and allow us to go further than traditional lung research, ultimately reducing risk, discovering breathing breakthroughs and saving lives. To learn more, visit www.breathingasone.ca

November is also national Radon Action Month and the Canadian Lung Association is urging all Canadians to test their homes for radon. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Canada. Testing for radon is easy and costs about $30. You can order a test kit from our provincial Lung Associations. If your home has high radon levels, it can be fixed by a certified radon professional. For more information, visit: www.lung.ca/radon

The Canadian Lung Association offers a toll-free helpline staffed by certified respiratory educators who can answer questions about lung health issues, including asthma, COPD, smoking cessation or air quality. Call us at 1-888-344-LUNG (5864) to speak to one of our certified respiratory educators.

Happy and healthy breathing to all during Lung Month… and beyond!

About The Lung Association

Established in 1900, The Lung Association is one of Canada's oldest and most respected health charities, and the leading national organization for science-based information, research, education, support programs and advocacy on lung heath issues.

Contact Information

  • National media representatives may contact:
    Janis Hass
    Director of Marketing and Communications
    The Canadian Lung Association
    (613) 569-6411, ext. 252
    jhass@lung.ca