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Why we want a lung emoji

Dan, who heads up our press and campaigns team, tells us why he wants a lung emoji this World Emoji Day.

World Emoji Day is a chance to celebrate those colourful little characters we use every day!

The modern world often leaves us short of time. And communicating quickly means long strings of text just don’t cut it when trying to highlight the vital work we're doing.

An emoji is a quick and attention-grabbing way to get a message across. But at the moment, there’s no lung emoji to help breathe a bit of modern colour into our messages about respiratory health.
And while there are a host of love hearts – nothing currently on offer looks anything like a human heart.

We all know the impact long-term that heart and lung conditions can have. So it's vital we open up the conversation as much as possible.

That’s why the BLF, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and NHS Blood and Transplant are uniting this World Emoji Day to celebrate plans to release two new emojis in 2020!

Get involved

How great will it be when Unicode, the body that decides which emojis get put on our phones, adds emojis for your lungs and heart? Let them know you support a lung emoji this World Emoji Day. 

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Do you have a story to tell? It could be about your lung condition, a friend or relative you know who lives with one, or how caring for them impacts your life. We'd love to hear what you've got to say!

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17 July 2019