Top 10 ways you can prevent lung disease

It’s true what they say, prevention is always the best medicine. The same can be said with the health of your lungs. We have created Lungs gifa list of 10 ways you can help prevent lung disease:

10. Make a difference. Protect your family by encouraging exercise, eating right and keeping your home free of respiratory triggers. Help spread the word to those around you to increase awareness about lung health. Every day, you can make a difference.

9. Start small. Your best bet for preventing lung disease is by helping children grow up smoke free and by modelling that behaviour. The Lung Association works with government and other organizations to ensure communities are smoke-free. Call us at 1-888-566-LUNG (5864) for free information on the dangers caused by tobacco.

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8. There are more than 300 substances in the workplace known to cause occupational asthma. Know the symptoms of asthma and monitor to see if they appear while at work. Talk to your doctor about workplace risks.

7. Test your home for radon. It’s simple and inexpensive. This coulourless, odourless gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer, yet you can easily prevent it from getting into your home. Visit www.YourHealthyHome.ca for more information on how to keep the air in your home healthy.

6. Get involved! Air pollution worsens lung disease and can be divesting for all Canadians, especially for those with chronic lung conditions. Join in the fight for clean air by reducing pollution and supporting clean air laws.

5. Prevent air pollution. Help keep the air in your community clean. Drive less, don’t idle your vehicle, and avoid burning wood, leaves or trash.

4. Know the symptoms of asthma, such as wheezing, coughing, or shortness of breath. Call the Lung Association at 1-888-566-LUNG (5864) and speak to one of our certified respiratory educators if you suspect you or a loved one has asthma. We can help you learn how to get it under control.

3. Recognize the warning signs of lung disease. Chronic cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing blood, chronic mucus production and chronic fatigue are not normal. See your doctor or other health provider for prompt attention.

2. Avoid lung hazards. Protect yourself from air pollution indoors and outdoors. Don’t allow anyone to smoke in your home. Visit www.YourHealthyHome.ca for more tips.

1. Don’t smoke. If you smoke, plan to quit. Call The Lung Association at 1-888-566-LUNG (5864) for the help you need to quit for good. You can also visit www.lung.ca.

Youth group delivers anti-flavoured tobacco message to Alberta’s government

 

A youth action group, led by Lloydminster, Alta. high school student Jianna Marin, hand delivered roughly 4,400 postcards to Alberta’s health minister on Friday, May 30.

Each postcard contained a message to urge Alberta’s government to proclaim a new law that would ban flavoured tobacco from store shelves.

“Alberta youth support a ban on all flavoured tobacco products” said Marin after wrapping up a month-long tour visiting high school students across the province.

“I have met with hundreds of high school students throughout the province and they want government action now. Students have been sharing their experiences with flavoured tobacco and it’s definitely a serious problem in Alberta high schools. Every school that I have visited is currently struggling with flavoured tobacco use.

“We cannot allow tobacco companies to keep targeting youth with this blatant marketing scheme.”

The delivery of the postcards were delivered one day before World No Tobacco Day on May 31.

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Jianna Marin, a Lloydminster, Alberta high school student, is ‘powered by breathing’

 

Jianna Marin, a student in Lloydminster, Alta., decided she wanted to make a difference in her community after noticing a high number of teens using flavoured tobacco.

That is why the now 18-year-old Grade 12 student, along with her mother and a few friends, founded the Lloydminster Flavour Gone youth group.

The efforts from the group snowballed into significant work that help Alberta government officials pass Bill 206, a new law that will eventually ban flavoured tobacco of store shelves.

“Over the past few decades the tobacco industry has flooded the market with flavoured tobacco products in an attempt to recruit new youth smokers,” said the teenager.

“This shameful practice cannot continue.”

While the bill has been passed with almost unanimous support from all provincial parties, the bill has yet to cross the finish line as it has yet to be proclaimed by Alberta cabinet ministers.

In order to drum up support to make that happen, the teenager is touring schools across Alberta this month urging students to write, tweet, and message their MLAs to get the bill proclaimed.

“Our message is very simple — enact Bill 206 without any delay or exemptions, partial protection is not enough,” she said.

“Protect all Alberta youth from flavoured tobacco products and don’t leave anyone behind.

“I am one teen taking on the tobacco giants. I cannot win this fight alone. I am calling on all Alberta youth, parents and concerned citizens to join me in getting this bill across the finish line.”

To follow Jianna on her journey, follow her on Instagram at JoinJianna2014 or on Twitter at @JoinJianna2014

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