Collection of materials related to outreach and advocacy on the leading cause of lung cancer after smoking
Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in Canada among non-smokers estimated to cause about 16% of lung cancer deaths each year. It is an important public health issue. During 2014, CELA published a detailed review of law and policy across Canada concerning radon and found legal protections lacking. Much more needs to be done to ensure that radon testing occurs in private homes and public buildings across Canada. CELA is working on outreach activities with the Canadian Partnership for Children's Health and Environment and Take Action on Radon. Ongoing advocacy seeks to advance the 14 recommendations made in our report to seek a federal tax credit for radon remediation, update the Canada Labour Code, provincial Building Codes and other provincial laws to require radon testing and public reporting of results. While there are some areas in Canada known to have high radon levels, all homes should be tested for radon.
(Image source: The Lung Association)
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