American and Canadian Lung Associations Collaborate Across Borders to Reduce Health Impacts of Wildfire Smoke

CHICAGO and OTTAWA, ON, June 4, 2024 /CNW/ – Fueled by the increasing effects of climate change, wildfire smoke has a significant and growing impact on air quality and lung health. To reduce lung health harm, the American Lung Association and Canadian Lung Association are collaborating to raise awareness about the health impacts of wildfire smoke and educate people on how to protect themselves. Both organizations are also advocating for ways to mitigate catastrophic wildfires.

Canada and the United States are increasingly experiencing devastating wildfires and wildfire smoke events. 2023 was the worst year ever for wildfires in Canada, and parts of the U.S. that hadn’t previously experienced severe wildfires and wildfire smoke – including Hawaii, the Midwest and Eastern states – were significantly impacted. The trend of more frequent and intense wildfires is largely driven by climate change. Rising temperatures and changing precipitation patterns contribute to longer and more severe droughts, helping create ideal conditions for wildfires to ignite and spread.

Wildfire smoke is unhealthy for everyone to breathe, but some groups are at greater risk. Wildfire smoke can exacerbate symptoms in people living with lung disease and underlying health conditions like heart disease or diabetes. Other groups who may face higher risk of health harms include Black and indigenous individuals and people of color (BIPOC), children, older adults, people experiencing poverty, individuals who are pregnant and outdoor workers.

“For years, people living in the Western U.S. have suffered dangerous air pollution from wildfire smoke. Last year’s severe wildfires and smoke were a wake-up call for people in many other parts of the country. Smoke, air pollution and climate change are global issues that don’t care about international borders. The American Lung Association’s collaboration with the Canadian Lung Association will help address the urgent need to improve lung health in the face of the changing climate,” said Harold Wimmer, President and CEO of the American Lung Association.

“Last year’s wildfires really brought this issue to people across Canada no matter where they lived, and projected high temperatures again this year are putting us at risk for another significant season,” says Sarah Butson, CEO of the Canadian Lung Association. “It’s very meaningful for our two organizations to come together to focus on this issue. As national lung health organizations, it’s important that we raise awareness about the risks of wildfire smoke and help the public protect their lungs as much as possible. It really is something that can affect all of us on both sides of the border.”

Wildfire smoke can travel thousands of miles across international borders and impact the health of anyone who breathes it. Exposure to wildfire smoke poses serious health hazards. The smoke contains tiny particles – some are so tiny that they can travel deep into the lungs and even enter the bloodstream. This particle pollution from wildfire smoke can worsen chronic lung disease symptoms and trigger asthma attacks, heart attacks and strokes that can be lethal. Depending on what is burning, wildfire smoke can also contain additional harmful components. For example, smoke from wildfires that burn houses and vehicles can contain lead and other metals and pollutants.

The American Lung Association and the Canadian Lung Association are collaborating to raise awareness about the health harm of wildfire smoke, educate people on how to protect themselves, and advocate for ways to mitigate catastrophic wildfires.
Awareness: The two Lung Associations are working to raise greater awareness about the health impacts that wildfire smoke has on everyone, especially higher-risk communities and groups, through online resources, media stories, social media and more.
Education: The organizations are focused on educating the public on steps people can take to protect themselves from wildfire smoke before, during and after a wildfire smoke event. Canadian resources are available here and American resources are available here.
Advocacy: The American Lung Association and Canadian Lung Association are both working on ways to mitigate catastrophic wildfires. For example, the American Lung Association is advocating for the use of prescribed fires in some circumstances, and both organizations are advocating for ways to address the key factor making wildfires worse, climate change. Learn about the American Lung Association’s Healthy Air Campaign here and the Canadian Lung Association’s advocacy efforts here.

About the Canadian Lung Association
The Canadian Lung Association is the leading organization in Canada working to promote lung health and prevent and manage lung disease, as the go-to source for patients, their families, caregivers, health professionals and the general community. We help the people of Canada living with lung disease access the programs, services, evidence-based information and medical equipment they need to take an active role in managing their own health. Our research funding competitions and training workshops help launch the careers of the next generation of respiratory researchers in Canada. And we ensure Canada’s national voice for lung health is heard across the country and around the world.

If you have questions about your lung health, call us toll-free from anywhere in Canada at 1-866-717-2673 or visit Donate today to help support the work of the Canadian Lung Association at

About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, which has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Platinum-Level GuideStar Member, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: To support the work of the American Lung Association, find a local event at

This year, the American Lung Association is celebrating 120 years! Join us in our journey to champion lung health and help us celebrate 120 Years of Impact. Donate today at

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