Asthma Is Responsible for 2 Million Emergency Room Visits Each Year

 

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Asthma is the third-leading cause of hospital stays in children. Hospitalizations among children are higher during Asthma Peak Week in September when children return to school and are exposed to more asthma triggers, allergens and respiratory infections.

Tobacco smoke from secondhand and thirdhand smoke greatly affects children's lungs. Children are at high risk of lung damage from inhaled smoke. According to several studies, there is a clear link between secondhand smoke and asthma in children.

More than 40% of children who go to the emergency room for asthma live with smokers.

In the United States, asthma-related costs add up to $82 million per year. These costs are made up of:

  • 2 million emergency room visits
  • Nearly 14 million doctor visits
  • Nearly half a million hospitalizations
  • More than 3,600 deaths



More Than Asthma

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. This year, we want to dispel myths and help others see beyond the disease. We are raising awareness about how asthma and allergies are more than just physical conditions. They impact every aspect of life. But they don't have to define you. Show us how you are #morethanasthma.

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