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Call the Lung Health Line

1-888-344-5864

Our certified respiratory
educators are ready to take your questions
(M-F 8:30am-4:30pm)

Keep those airways flying and protect your breathing. Our lungs are designed to perform their well-choreographed routine without so much as a hiccup. Until stuff that’s in the air like germs, toxins, smoking and pollution, wreak havoc on these delicate organs. The key to preventing lung disease and maintaining your breathing health is to protect your lungs from the things most likely to harm them before the damage is done. Here’s a look at some of the biggest threats to your lung health and how you can avoid or minimize them in order to prevent lung disease.

Tips to protect your lungs

Breathing powers your body, your brain-and your life. But because it comes so naturally, you probably don’t think much about your breath.

The air we breathe

Inhale. Exhale. About 20,000 times a day, we draw in oxygen from the air around us to keep our bodies running.

Immunization

Put simply, getting vaccinated is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health.

Smoking

No surprise here: smoking is by far the most preventable cause of breathing breakdown.

Are you at risk? Take the Lung Health Check

Are you huffing and puffing, hacking or crackling? Those lungs might be giving you a noisy wake-up call.

Advocating for your breath

Putting in place the programs, protocols and laws required to protect the breathing of all Ontarians.