1 in 5 Canadians have lung disease. COPD is the number one cause of hospitalization in Canada, asthma affects at least 13% of our children and lung cancer kills more people than breast, ovarian, colon and prostate combined.
Our lifestyle is breeding dangerous pollutants and irritants that can damage our airways. Environmental toxins, allergens and chemicals are attacking our lungs. Even within our own four walls, radon and mold pose hidden risks. Between contaminants, second-hand smoke, sleep disorders, and an aging population, we can’t ignore the growing challenges of lung disease.
The rapid growth of chronic disease is costing us dearly in terms of lives and quality of life but also our economic well-being. It is estimated that chronic lung diseases costs the Canadian economy $12 billion.
We are collectively responsible for creating the breathing breakdown and we need to collectively create the breathing breakthrough.
The Lung Association is leading the way, advocating for change and strengthening our voice.
Our vision is a world free of lung disease. To achieve this, for more than 100 years the BC Lung Association has been helping British Columbians breathe easier.