What is Breathe Better September?
Breathe Better September is a national campaign to raise awareness of respiratory conditions in New Zealand. The campaign encourages all Kiwis to show their support for better breathing and healthy lungs and start thinking about how they can improve their respiratory health.
What is a respiratory condition?
Respiratory disease includes asthma, bronchiectasis, bronchiolitis, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung cancer and obstructive sleep apnoea.
How many people does it affect?
Over 700,000 Kiwis have a respiratory condition, it’s the third leading cause of death and costs the country $6 billion each year. In New Zealand over 521,000 people take medication for asthma, making it the most common respiratory condition in the country.
Breathe Better September will take place from 1-30 September 2017 and is run by the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ.