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  1. Asthma is a chronic disease that affects airways in lungs. During asthma attacks, patients can experience wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, or tightness and pain in the chest.
  2. Asthmatic attacks can be triggered by allergens, exercise, smoke, pollution, or airway infections.
  3. Smoking is known to trigger asthmatic attacks. Make handmade cards to encourage your loved ones to quit smoking. Sign up for I Want You to Quit Because....
  4. As of 2012, more than 18 million adults and 6 million children suffered from asthma.
  5. In the last decade, the number of people with asthma increased by 15%.

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  1. Asthma costs the country more than $50 billion every year in health care costs.
  2. In children, boys are more likely to develop asthma than girls, but in adults, women are more likely than men.
  3. Hispanics may have an elevated risk for exposure to air pollution since a disproportionate number (80%) live in areas that fail to meet one or more national standards for air pollution.
  4. Asthma is the cause for children missing more than 10 million school days a year.
  5. College-age adults (ages 18 to 24) are more likely to develop asthma than older adults.
  6. African-Americans are 2 to 3 times more likely than any other racial group to die from asthma, but roughly 25% of black adults with asthma cannot afford regular doctor’s visits.

Sources

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    "Asthma In-Depth Report." NYTimes. http://www.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/asthma/print.html (accessed August 1, 2014).

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    "Asthma In-Depth Report." NYTimes. http://www.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/asthma/print.html (accessed August 1, 2014).

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    "Asthma’s Impact on the Nation." CDC. http://www.cdc.gov/asthma/impacts_nation/asthmafactsheet.pdf (accessed August 1, 2014).

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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Faststats: Asthma ." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/asthma.htm (accessed August 1, 2014).

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    "Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America - Information About Asthma, Allergies, Food Allergies and More!." Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America - Information About Asthma, Allergies, Food Allergies and More!. http://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=10&sub=42 (accessed August 1, 2014).

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    "The Impact of Asthma | AAFRP." The Impact of Asthma | AAFRP. http://www.americanasthmafoundation.org/impact-asthma (accessed August 1, 2014).

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    S. National Library of Medicine. "Chronic Diseases: Asthma and You | NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine." U.S National Library of Medicine. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/magazine/issues/fall11/articles/fall11pg5-7.html (accessed August 1, 2014).

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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Faststats: Asthma ." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/asthma.htm (accessed August 1, 2014).

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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Faststats: Asthma ." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/asthma.htm (accessed August 1, 2014).

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    "Asthma’s Impact on the Nation." CDC. http://www.cdc.gov/asthma/impacts_nation/asthmafactsheet.pdf (accessed August 1, 2014).

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    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Faststats: Asthma ." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/asthma.htm (accessed August 1, 2014).

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