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Between pathogens and allergens, contaminants and irritants, our poor lungs are under constant siege. If we want to see a world where everyone can breathe clean air with healthy lungs, we need to gather an unstoppable force of determined advocates. Help us light a fire under policy makers to ensure that lung health is made a top priority and given the funding it deserves. By signing petitions, emailing your MP, or attending events, you can help blow away the obstacles that stand in the way of better breathing.

Position Statements

The Lung Association is committed to helping all Ontarians breathe. Below you will find our position on a number of issues related to your breathing.

An Open Letter to Ontario’s Political Leadership – Please Help Ontarians Breathe
Provincial Coal Ban
Patients First Submission
An Open Letter to Ontario Political Leaders
Three Non-Legislative Initiatives that can Help All Ontarians Breathe

Our Success

Through our advocacy efforts we have had some tremendous success in protecting your lung health:

    • Ryan’s Law was passed into law in 2015. It allows a student to carry his/her own asthma medication with his/her parent’s or guardian’s permission.
    • Ending coal fired generation in Ontario. In 2014 The Lung Association – Ontario stood proudly with Premier Kathleen Wynne and Hon. Glenn Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, to announce a ban on coal-fired electricity generation in the province – a first in North America and a significant step in ensuring we have clean air to breathe.
    • Banning smoking in vehicles when a child under the age of 16 is present through legislation introduced in 2008 by the Ontario government. The bill, which is an amendment to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, prohibited smoking in vehicles with a proposed fine of $250. The Lung Association – Ontario was a leader behind the bill’s adoption and we applaud the efforts to ensure the safety and health of Ontario’s youth from the harmful effects of tobacco.

But we aren’t stopping here. There is much more to do to ensure Ontario is the best place to breathe. You can help by becoming an advocate.

Take Action as an Advocate

The Lung Association does everything it can to advocate for your right to breathe. However, our successes are bigger and our voice is stronger with supporters like you behind us.

Join us, and the important cause of lung health, in helping to create the best province to breathe in today and for our future generations.

You can get involved by writing letters or emails to elected officials, signing relevant petitions or speaking up when the opportunity arises.

For more information on advocating for your right to breathe, contact info@lungontario.ca.

Youth advocacy

YOUNG PEOPLE IGNITE CHANGE. They are the ones who question the status quo and imagine how things could be done differently. We’re working to engage these powerful youth around the important issue of tobacco use.