The BC Lung Association began as the Anti-Tuberculosis Society in 1906 in response to the rapid spread of TB, the number one killer at the turn of the century. In July 1978, the Society changed its name to the BC Lung Association, and now focuses on the entire scope of respiratory disease including asthma, COPD (chronic bronchitis and emphysema), lung cancer, sleep apnea and tuberculosis.
A non-profit and volunteer-based health charity, The BC Lung Association depends on donations from the public to support lung health research, education, prevention and advocacy.
The mission of the BC Lung Association is to lead provincial and international lung health initiatives, prevent lung disease, help people manage lung disease and promote lung health. We work together with the Canadian Lung Association office as well as the other provincial Lung Associations to help the one in five Canadians who have breathing problems.