Asthma is the country's leading respiratory disease. In Canada, 2.4 million people have asthma. In Quebec, it is estimated that 700 000 people struggle with this illness, among them 300 000 children.
Each year, in Quebec, asthma is responsible for 760 000 medical visits, 100 000 emergency room visits, 56 000 hospitalisation days, 325 000 lost work days, 4 000 calls for ambulance services and 150 deaths. Asthma costs $150 million per year.
The Lung Association has provided, since 1999, a free Asthma information helpline at 1-800-295-8111, ext. 232.. Respiratory health specialists deliver information and advice designed to help people gain a better understanding of their illness and thus learn to manage it better.