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ELF’s lung testing campaign highlights importance of clean air

As air quality problems are set to rise in London during the 2012 Olympics, it offers a perfect opportunity for the European Lung Foundation (ELF), along with the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), to encourage citizens to get their lungs tested.

The ELF and FIRS will be holding the second-ever World Spirometry Day next year to coincide with the London 2012 Olympics to raise awareness of the importance of healthy lungs across the globe.

As has been the case with many Olympic host cities, air quality in London is due to suffer with increased traffic congestion, and experts are warning that the Olympic organisers need a convincing plan to tackle the air pollution problems that are expected during the Games.

Although World Spirometry Day 2012 is not directly focussing on the issue of air pollution, it will serve as an opportunity to raise awareness about the damaging effects poor air quality can have on the lungs. The world’s largest lung function testing event will adopt the theme of ‘sport and the lungs’ and will be launched on 27th June 2012. If you’d like more information on World Spirometry Day, please contact the ELF at

Originally posted on 15 December 2011

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