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May 06, 2008
World Asthma Day message from Minister Tony Clement and Minister John Baird

The following is a reprint of the World Asthma Day message from federal Health Minister Tony Clement and federal Envrironment Minister John Baird:

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 6, 2008) - Canada's Health and Environment Ministers, Tony Clement and John Baird, issued the following statement today on World Asthma Day, in recognition of the month of May as Asthma Awareness Month.

"Asthma continues to be a serious respiratory disease that affects Canadians of all ages across the country. In the past two years, our Government has invested in new Made-in-Canada initiatives that will help to improve the respiratory health of Canadians," said Minister Clement. "For example, we established the world's first Air Quality Health Index to better inform Canadians about the state of air pollution, we expanded Canada's Air Quality Forecast Program, and we partnered with the Canadian Lung Association to develop a national action plan to prevent and manage respiratory diseases in Canada."

"While asthma is clearly a health issue, it is also an environmental issue. That's why last April, we launched our Turning the Corner Action Plan to tackle air pollution and reduce greenhouse gases," said Minister Baird. "Canada is one of the only countries in the world taking action at the same time on both air pollution and greenhouse gases, and for the first time ever our Government will require industry to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants."

"We ask all Canadians to join us on May 6 and throughout May in recognizing the importance of asthma awareness and protecting our respiratory health," concluded Ministers Clement and Baird. "To learn more about how you can take part in Asthma Awareness Month and World Asthma Day, we encourage you to visit the Global Initiative for Asthma Web site."

Learn more about asthma >

Learn more about the above-mentioned Lung Health Framework, a national action plan to prevent and manage respiratory diseases in Canada >

Read The Lung Association's World Asthma Day press release, which includes survey results on how Canadians with asthma cope with smog >