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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 5:21 pm 
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Take a long, deep breath of clean air - if you have any!

Then read this just released survey from the Lung Association of Canada:

62% of Canadians with asthma suffer when air quality poor

(Ottawa) -- A new survey released today by The Lung Association shows that more than half of Canadians with asthma notice that their breathing gets worse on smoggy days, yet few know the range of steps they can take to protect their breathing.

Additionally, the survey found that a surprising 62 per cent of Canadians with asthma say their asthma "acts up" on days when air quality is poor.

Results also show that more than half of all Canadians who have asthma know to stay indoors on smoggy days. However, in contrast, very few Canadians with asthma know other strategies to protect their lung health on poor air quality days. Only 29 per cent know to take their asthma medication, and fewer know to avoid strenuous exercise outdoors (6%) or staying away from high traffic areas, where pollution tends to be worse (1%).

"The link between air pollution and asthma is often under-appreciated," says Dr. Menn Biagtan of the B.C. Lung Association. "Short-term exposure to ozone – the main component of smog – can exacerbate lung conditions, causing illness, and hospitalization. Chronic exposure to ozone can cause pre-mature deaths in people with pre-existing lung and heart conditions." REST AT: ... php?id=110

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