Minister of the Environment Supports Canadian Lung Association in Taking Action on Pollution to Reduce Lung Disease



    OTTAWA, April 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable John Baird, Minister of
the Environment, today expressed Canada's New Government's strong support for
the objectives of the Canadian Lung Association's Lung Health Framework in his
closing address to the Framework's conference.
    Minister Baird spoke to the gathering of about 175 stakeholders one day
after announcing the Government's new plan - Turning the Corner: a Plan to
Reduce Greenhouse Gases and Air Pollution - which will see, for the first time
ever, the federal government force industry to reduce greenhouse gases and air
pollution.
    "Canadians can breathe easier knowing that these new regulations will
have tangible health and environmental benefits for everyone," Minister Baird
said. "Our Turning the Corner Plan will cut air pollution and greenhouse
gases, and will lead to real health benefits for all Canadians, including
cleaner communities, healthier children, fewer premature deaths and more
sustainable natural resources. The Canadian Lung Association's Framework
supports and compliments these regulations nicely. Canada's New Government's
plan, together with initiatives like this Framework, will ensure we're on the
right path to cleaner air for all Canadians."
    These industrial regulations will have real, tangible health and
environmental benefits for Canadians. For example, the plan will reduce the
number of Canadians suffering from respiratory and cardiovascular disease and
it will reduce the number of premature deaths because of health problems
linked to air pollution. Canadians will visit hospitals and the emergency room
less often and there will be fewer episodes of acute childhood bronchitis, and
asthma days.
    The World Health Organization predicts that, by 2020, lung disease will
be the third leading cause of death in the world. By bringing together a wide
range of stakeholders from patient and consumers to health care and
pharmaceutical workers, as well as Aboriginal and business groups, the Lung
Health Framework: Plan for Action will see a comprehensive action plan
developed for launch in 2008. For the first-time ever there will be clear
objectives for reducing key environmental contributors to lung disease
including air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
    "Canada is an international leader in the fights against lung disease,"
said Nora Sobolov, Chair of the Interim Steering committee of the Lung Health
Framework. "The Plan of Action will further that leadership by building
strategies that deal with one of the root causes of lung disease: the air we
breathe. The work being done in this Plan will ensure that our children - and
future generations - will enjoy cleaner air both indoors and outdoors, and as
a result significantly lower rates of lung disease"
    "The link between the environment and the respiratory health of Canadians
is clear," said Kenneth Maybee, Chair of the Environmental Issues Working
Group or the Lung Health Framework. "Strategies that combat lung disease and
their link to indoor and outdoor air pollution, as well as the effects of
climate change, are critical to stemming the annual increase in respiratory
illness in Canada."

    For more information on what the Government is doing to tackle climate
change and reduce air pollution, visit www.ecoaction.gc.ca or call 1 800
O-Canada (1-800-622-6232, or TTY 1-800-926-9105).

    For more information about the Lung Health Framework: Plan for Action,
visit  http://www.lung.ca/about-propos/framework-cadre_e.php or call
613-569-6411.

    (Egalement offert en français)




For further information:

For further information: Eric Richer, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of the Environment, (819) 997-1441; Environment Canada, Media
Relations, (819) 934-8008, 1-888-908-8008

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