Lung Association congratulates Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq, looks forward to continued partnership on improving lung health

    OTTAWA, Oct. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - The Lung Association was pleased today by
the appointment of Leona Aglukkaq as Canada's new Minister of Health. At the
same time, the Association thanked former Minister Tony Clement for his help
over the past 2.5 years in advancing the lung health agenda in Canada.
    "Throughout the mandate of Minister Clement, and with the support of the
Prime Minister, we made encouraging progress on advancing the lung health of
Canadians," said Nora Sobolov, President and CEO of The Lung Association,
"Minister Aglukkaq understands the very real respiratory health challenges
facing Canada's First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities - and we stand
ready to work with her to meet these challenges. We are confident that
Minister Aglukkaq will be as strong as an advocate for better lung health as
her predecessor, and look forward to working with her to improve the
respiratory health of the one in five Canadians living with lung disease".
    Over the past two years, The Lung Association, the federal government,
and respiratory health stakeholders nationwide have been working hard to build
The National Lung Health Framework - Canada's first national action plan on
lung health that will work to lower rates of lung disease in Canada. The plan
will improve the respiratory health of all people living in Canada through
collaborative and equitable patient care, policy, programming, research and
leadership. It is an action plan that recognizes the key link between the
environment and lung health, and that will take steps to address both indoor
and outdoor air quality issues. It should be noted that the National Lung
Health Framework is the first health strategy in the world that tackles both
environment and health and is the result of collaboration among dozens of
organizations and hundreds of volunteers dedicated to reducing the burden of
lung disease in Canada.
    During the recent federal election campaign, referencing his government's
commitment to lung health, Prime Minister Harper announced an initial funding
investment of $10 million over two years to begin implementing the National
Lung Health Framework. The Association looks forward to seeing this commitment
in the 2009 federal budget, and will continue working with Health Minister
Aglukkaq, her Cabinet and caucus colleagues, and all Parliamentarians, to
ensure that lung health remains a priority in the 40th Parliament. As well,
the Association and its partners will continue working with the government and
all Parliamentarians to ensure that the Framework is fully funded before the
next federal election.

    Once fully implemented, the National Lung Health Framework will:

    - Position Canada as a global health leader: it is the first-ever health
      strategy in the world that tackles environment and health;
    - Lay out a clear plan for chronic disease prevention, management and
      treatment - the Framework is a model in alignment with the World Health
      Organization's approach to chronic disease prevention, management and
    - Make Canadians a partner in their own health care and management
      through education, awareness programs and other initiatives;
    - Result in reduced health care costs, improved access to care, lower
      wait times and hospitalizations;
    - Lower rates of lung disease among First Nations, Inuit and Métis
      communities through partnership and collaboration, and make real
      progress in addressing health disparities among these communities;
    - Build lasting partnerships among key stakeholders, including
      provincial/territorial governments, patients, health experts,
      scientists, clinicians, environmentalists, and industry, to improve
      respiratory health.

    For information on the National Lung Health Framework, please visit

    "We encourage the new Minister of Health, and all Parliamentarians, to
work with us and all respiratory health stakeholders to ensure that we do
whatever it takes to help all Canadians breathe easier" said Ms. Sobolov.

    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.

    (1) The WHO has a four pillar approach to chronic disease prevention,
        management and treatment around the following disease groups:
        respiratory, cancer, diabetes and heart. The Lung Health Framework
        positions Canada within this model.

For further information:

For further information: media representatives may contact: Cameron
Bishop, Director of Government Affairs and Media Relations, The Lung
Association, (613) 569-6411, ext, 223

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