The Lung Association: Smog media briefing

TORONTO, July 6 /CNW/ - Hot summer temperatures create conditions for increased smog concentrations in Ontario. The Lung Association's Air Quality expert and respiratory health educators are available for interviews to help inform the public with important seasonal health information.

The public can also visit for current and forecasted smog conditions and to sign up for email smog alerts.

Important consumer information

  • Smog concentrations can be high during the day or night.
  • Sensitive individuals may feel health effects sooner than most, and before a smog advisory is issued.
  • People living with a respiratory or cardiac illness may be more comfortable inside a cool, clean environment during periods of high air pollution.
  • If taking medication for a respiratory or cardiac illness, including asthma, follow your healthcare action plan carefully. If breathing becomes more difficult, contact your doctor, healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency department.
  • "Cottage country" can also experience high smog episodes. Keep enough medication on hand for trips to the cottage. Before you go, discuss with your healthcare provider any dangerous respiratory symptoms that could require emergency treatment. Know the location of the nearest emergency department.

Smog poses an additional health risk to those working or exercising outdoors. Call 1-888-344-LUNG (5864) and speak with a certified respiratory educator, or visit the air quality page of The Lung Association's website - href=""> for this summer's smog strategies.

Available for interviews:

Brian Stocks Chris Haromy
Air Quality Manager Certified Respiratory Educator
1-647-293-9911 1-888-344-LUNG (5864)

When you can't breathe, nothing else matters.™

SOURCE Ontario Lung Association

For further information: For further information:

Media enquiries:

Karen Petcoff

Office: 416-864-9911 ext 283

Cellular: 416-275-6844

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