President's Message

President's Message

Welcome to our website! Thank you for taking the time to visit to learn more about respiratory health, air quality, and the newest information on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of lung diseases.

Our mission at the New Brunswick Lung Association is to improve respiratory health.  While it is a simple statement, our mission today is far broader than in our early days when the Association was focused on Tuberculosis.  From lung disease and tobacco, to air quality and climate change, we strive to help you breathe more easily.

Over the years we have made progress in many areas.  For example, although rates of asthma are still high, hospital admissions for asthma attacks have been reduced by about 50% over the past ten years.  Air pollution regulations continue to improve our outdoor air quality.  The New Brunswick Lung Association played a major role in the development of the Air Quality Health Index, available in many cities across Canada.  Our advocacy for many years continues to reduce exposure to second-hand smoke.  Our radon awareness campaigns are helping home owners know the risks of radon exposure and actions to take to reduce those risks.

However, there are still many challenges, and we need your help.  Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the leading cause of hospitalization, over all other chronic diseases in Canada.  Lung cancer is the deadliest of all cancers. These, and the many other respiratory diseases that you find on our website, affect 1-in-5 citizens of New Brunswick.  Our motto- “When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters” is very real for them!

We take great pride in our community programs that engage New Brunswickers in health promotion and environmental stewardship.  Through our ongoing advocacy we continue to improve air quality and reduce smoking rates.  Your donations and gifts have also helped us to support Canadian researchers.  This research has lead to better diagnosis, treatment and patient care, and has saved lives.

Your Lung Association works hard to deliver patient support, community programs, and advocacy for improved air quality and smoke-free places. We maximize your donations so that a small province such as New Brunswick has become a national leader in many aspects of respiratory health.  Our goals are to integrate respiratory health with other aspects of healthy living, such as good exercise, nutrition and an energy-efficient life-style. 

You know someone who needs the help of the Lung Association- your children, grandchildren, friends or neighbours.  Please consider helping us with our work by donating through a monthly giving plan or through planned estate bequests.  Your donation saves lives.
I hope that you enjoy our website and find what you need here.  Please call us if you need our help.  Remember,

When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters.™


Barbara MacKinnon, PhD
President and CEO

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Page Last Updated: 11/01/2019