In 1904, we were known as the BC Anti-Tuberculosis Society and for much of the 20th century, we played a critical role in funding weapons to prevent, detect and treat TB, including launching Christmas Seals®, the first "direct mail" fundraiser.
By 1970, thanks to advances in research, there were far fewer patients and dedicated TB hospitals were no longer necessary. Patients could be treated with new drugs at home or in general hospital.
However as TB declined, other lung diseases, especially those linked to cigarette smoking, increased. We recognized the need to extend our efforts to include the entire scope of respiratory disease and in 1978 changed our name to the British Columbia Lung Association.
Today, we continue the fight, targeting other threats to lung health including COVID-19. We were among the first to tackle smoking, and to make the connection between air pollution and lung health.