This election, vote for action on lung health: Lung Association

    Association launches nationwide election effort to put lung health on the
    priority list

    OTTAWA, Sept. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - The Lung Association today launched its
cross-Canada election effort designed to raise awareness of lung disease
during the course of the federal election. Activities will include an online
e-advocacy website connecting Canadians with their riding candidates as well
as analysis of party platforms to measure their commitment to improving the
lung health of Canadians.
    "This election, we are asking Canadians to vote for action on lung
health," said Nora Sobolov, President and CEO of The Lung Association, "We
want all major political parties to understand that for the six million
Canadians who suffer from some form of lung disease, the time to make lung
health a priority issue has come".
    To dramatically lower incidence of lung disease in Canada, The Lung
Association is looking for the following commitments from all major political
parties in this election:

    - Funding for the National Lung Health Framework: Canada's first-ever
      national action plan on lung health;
    - Strong legislation to clean up the air Canadians breathe; and,
    - Increased funding for research into the causes and exacerbations of
      lung disease.

    The statistics surrounding lung disease in Canada are sobering and
underscore the need for action:

    - 6 million Canadians - 1 in every 5 - suffer from asthma, COPD, lung
      cancer, or another respiratory disease
    - Every 20 minutes, one Canadian dies from lung disease;
    - Air pollution causes 21,000 deaths every year;
    - Canada has one of the highest rates of asthma in the world;
    - Since 2000, female COPD mortality rates have risen at double the rate
      of breast cancer;
    - Tuberculosis rates among Aboriginal people are more than 25 times
      higher than those of other people born in Canada;
    - In 2007, lung disease cost our economy over $154 billion in direct and
      indirect costs;
    - Lung disease is a leading cause of emergency room visits for children.

    "The Association believes that all parties have an opportunity in this
election to make lung health a priority", said Ms. Sobolov, "For the one in
five Canadians who struggle with lung disease every day, a commitment to
dealing with this health crisis can not come soon enough".
    Throughout the course of the election campaign, the Association will also
be introducing federal candidates to every-day Canadians across the country
who are affected by lung disease. The stories of these individuals - patients,
doctors, researchers and others - will be posted on the Association's election
site Canadians can also use this website to to send a
message directly to their federal candidates requesting their stand on lung
health issues.
    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.

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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