World Lung Day 2018

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On the 25th September last year, we joined the World Health Organization and many other organisations to celebrate the first World Lung Day around the world. Lung Disease was the last major chronic disease without a World Day.

This year on the 25th September we want to expand this celebration and use it to rally advocacy for respiratory health and air quality globally.

Get Involved

If you are an organisation and would like to support World Lung Day 2018, email your logo to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll include it on our World Lung Day supporter page and social media posts. 

We ask you all to please sign The Charter for Lung Health and show your commitment to better lung health around the world.


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Social Media

  • Follow us on Facebook & Twitter
  • Tweet including @FIRS_LungsFirst and #WorldLungDay

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive World Lung Day 2018 resources directly. 

World Lung Day Events/Activities

Hold an event or activity to celebrate lung health, this could be a community event, an editorial, lung testing with spirometry, a spot on radio or tv or even social media activity, email details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you need help planning your World Lung Day event, take a look at the Healthy Lungs for Life Toolkit, which is an excellent event planning resource. 

Events and Activities Planned by Supporters

  • In support of World Lung Day 2018, Respirology is offering free access during September 2018 to a range of articles, view them here
  • The International Multidisciplinary Programme to Address Lung Health and TB in Africa (IMPALA) will be supporting World Lung Day this year by erecting some giant inflatable lungs outside the Liverpool Life Sciences Accelerator building
  • AMMA - centre for lung health and sleep disorders is planning an awareness campaign on cough etiquette to school children on World Lung Day
  • Philippine College of Chest Physicians (PCCP) is conducting an advocacy campaign for the whole month of August (Philippines’ National Lung Month). Activities include patient education activities, tri media and social media campaigns, tree planting activity, and a Lung Health Fair with Zumba activity
  • INSPIRE is planning an event to underscore the importance of lung health, concentrating on outdoor and indoor air pollution, harms of smoking, tuberculosis, asthma and COPD. They have invited 60 reporters to their press conference

World Lung Day Supporters

FIRS would like to thank all organisations who have pledged to support World Lung Day 2018. Take a look at our 2018 supporters here

About the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS)

The Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) is an organisation comprised of the world's leading international respiratory societies working together to improve lung health globally: American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST), American Thoracic Society (ATS), Asian Pacific Society of Respirology (APSR), Asociación Latino Americana De Tórax (ALAT), European Respiratory Society (ERS), International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases (The Union), Pan African Thoracic Society (PATS), Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), and the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD).

The goal of FIRS is to unify and enhance efforts to improve lung health through the combined work of its more than 70,000 members globally.