The Real Winners of Election 2008: Canadians who want better lung health

    Lung Association congratulates Conservatives on re-election and
    commitment to lung health, looks forward to working with all parties on
    advancing respiratory health agenda in Canada

    OTTAWA, Oct. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - The Lung Association today congratulated
the Prime Minister and the Conservative Party on their re-election to
government. The Association also took the opportunity to extend congratulatory
wishes to all federal party leaders and candidates who were elected or
re-elected. As well, the Association expressed its desire to work with all
Parliamentarians to advance the respiratory health agenda in Canada.
    "The real winners of the 2008 Election are the millions of people across
this country who want Canada to be world-leaders in the fight against lung
disease," said Nora Sobolov, President and CEO of The Lung Association, "Lung
health became a priority during this federal election as evidenced by the
Conservative's platform and funding commitment to the National Lung Health
Framework, as well as pledges of support by the Liberal, New Democratic and
Green parties. This support means that we can work together to build a Canada
where everyone can breathe easier".
    The National Lung Health Framework is Canada's first comprehensive plan
to combat lung disease.

    When fully funded and implemented, the Framework will:
    - Position Canada as a global health leader: it is the first-ever health
      strategy in the world that tackles environment and health;

    - Result in reduced health care costs, improved access to care, lower
      wait times and hospitalizations;

    - Address health disparities in partnership with First Nations, Inuit and
      Métis communities to lower their respective rates of lung disease;

    - Result in earlier diagnosis of lung disease, more respiratory health
      professionals, as well as better tools to treat, prevent and manage
      lung disease as a means to lowering the cost burden on the health care

    "Over the course of this Parliament, The Lung Association and its members
look forward to working in tandem with the federal government, and all
Parliamentarians, to ensure that we make real progress in the fight against
lung disease in Canada", concluded Ms. Sobolov.

    For information on the National Lung Health Framework, please visit

    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.

    A backgrounder on the "Challenge of Lung Disease in Canada" accompanies
this news release.

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview, 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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