Toronto and Calgary are Canada's most congested cities

National survey reveals Canadians with nasal congestion hit hardest in the 
bedroom and at work 
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Jan. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - A new survey reveals nearly two-thirds 
of Canadians surveyed (59 per cent) are experiencing nasal congestion 
attributed to a cold or the flu, and nasal congestion is also impacting their 
quality of sleep and contributing to absenteeism in the workplace. Fifteen per 
cent of Canadians surveyed report missing work due to the impact of night time 
nasal congestion on their sleep. The survey, commissioned in December 2012 by 
Breathe Right Nasal Strips®, provides some additional insight into the 
physical toll of coping with nasal congestion as reports of rising flu rates 
make headlines across the country. According to the national survey, the most 
congested cities in Canada are: 

    --  Toronto - 78 per cent of residents reporting nasal congestion
    --  Calgary - 78 per cent of residents reporting nasal congestion
    --  Vancouver - 76 per cent of residents reporting nasal congestion
    --  Ottawa - 73 per cent of residents reporting nasal congestion
    --  Montreal - 68 per cent of residents reporting nasal congestion

Nationally, 59 per cent of survey respondents reported night time nasal 
congestion has a strong or moderate impact on their quality of sleep, 62 per 
cent report sometimes or always waking up due to nasal congestion.

"From coast to coast, Canadians are struggling to cope with one of the worst 
cold and flu seasons in recent memory. The Breathe Right survey provides 
some insight into where it's hitting Canadians the hardest," said Bryce Wylde, 
alternative health expert. "No matter where we live, we're not sheltered from 
catching a cold or the flu. With cases of the flu rising, we need to be more 
diligent with prevention strategies and, if we do get sick, know how to 
navigate the pharmacy aisles to find the right tools to get some much-needed 

To cope with nasal congestion, 77 per cent of Canadians surveyed are turning 
to over-the-counter (OTC) medicines such as decongestants (56 per cent), or 
antihistamines (41 per cent). The next most commonly selected products are 
other remedies, excluding OTC and prescription medications, and are used by 57 
per cent of Canadians surveyed. The most popular choices are saline solutions 
(32 per cent), humidifiers (26 per cent), and nasal strips (14 per cent). 
Roughly one-third (31 per cent) of Canadians surveyed use prescription 
medications to treat congestion.

What's more, 37 per cent of Canadians are using OTC medicines in combination 
with at least one other OTC medicine, prescription medication, or other 
non-medicinal remedy during the night time. Wylde cautions anyone using any 
OTC, prescription or other product, or considering using a combination of 
treatments, to consult with their pharmacist or other health care professional 

"With so many potential remedies available, it is important to know what works 
for your particular symptoms and what is appropriate to use in combination," 
says Wylde. "Perhaps the most important aspect of recovery is getting lots of 
rest and especially a good night's sleep. I recommend Breathe Right Nasal 
Strips because they are drug-free, can be used with any other remedy or 
treatment, and are designed to improve airflow in the nasal passages."

Breathe Right Nasal Strips are clinically proven to lift nasal passages and 
open your nose, relieving nasal congestion and improving air flow. The strips 
consist of flexible, "spring-like" bands placed across the nose. They gently 
lift the sides of the nose and open the nasal passages, providing immediate 
and continual relief.

Methodology From December 19 to 21th, 2012, an online survey was conducted 
among 3,007 randomly selected Canadian adults who are also Angus Reid Forum 
panel members. The results have been statistically weighted according to age, 
gender, region and education (and language in Quebec) to ensure a 
representative sample.The margin of error—which measures sampling 
variability—is +/- 1.8%, 19 times out of 20. Discrepancies in or between 
totals are due to rounding.

GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare is one of the world's largest 
over-the-counter consumer healthcare products companies. Its well-known brands 
include the leading oral healthcare products, Sensodyne(®), ProNamel(® )and 
Aquafresh(®), denture care products Polident(® )and PoliGrip(®), Spectro(® 
)skincare products as well as many medicine cabinet staples -- Abreva(®),( 
)Breathe Right(®), and TUMS(® )-- which are trademarks owned by and/or 
licensed to GlaxoSmithKline Group of Companies.

GlaxoSmithKline - one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and 
healthcare companies - is committed to improving the quality of human life by 
enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. For further 
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Media Relations:

GSK Consumer Healthcare Rachel Jaikaran (905) 814-3695  Argyle Communications 
Kerry Collings (416) 968-7311 ext. 253  Yasna Criscione (416) 968-7311 ext. 

SOURCE: GlaxoSmithKline Inc.

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