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When you can't breathe, nothing else matters

(NC) Lung disease comes in many forms and affects individuals from all walks of life. While lung disease varies in severity it often strikes vulnerable individuals such as children, people who smoke, and those with pre-existing illness. Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are two of the most prominent forms of lung disease affecting Canadians today.

• There are 2.5 million Ontarians living with a form of chronic lung disease.

• 1.9 million Ontarians are living with asthma. Almost a quarter of asthma sufferers in Ontario are children.

• 850,000 Ontarians are living with COPD. Almost half of these cases are classified as severe or very severe.

• More than 13,000 Ontarians die each year from diseases related to tobacco use.

The Ontario Lung Association is looking for workplace champions to help coordinate sales of brightly coloured tulips in their offices and workplaces to support the 17th annual Tulip Day campaign. Tulips are the ideal flower to support the Lung Association's research, as it is a low fragrance flower that can be enjoyed by people with allergies and breathing problems.

Proceeds from the Tulip Day Campaign also help to support the Ontario Lung Association Lung Health Information Line, patient support groups and educational materials, tobacco and air quality programs.

For more information on how to participate in Tulip Day visit

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