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The Most Chronic Childhood Disease

05/21/2013 02:30 pm ET | Updated Jul 21, 2013

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Asthma is the most chronic childhood disease.

According to the Center For Disease Control (CDC):

  • Over 10 million U.S. children under age 18 (14 percent) have ever been diagnosed with asthma; 7.0 million children still have asthma (10 percent).
  • Boys (15 percent) were more likely than girls (13 percent) to have ever been diagnosed with asthma.
  • Non-Hispanic black children were more likely to have ever been diagnosed with asthma (21 percent) and to still have asthma (16 percent) than Hispanic (15 percent and 10 percent) or non-Hispanic white (12 percent and 8 percent) children.
  • Children in poor families were more likely to have ever been diagnosed with asthma (18 percent) or to still have asthma (13 percent) than children in families that were not poor (12 percent and 8 percent).
  • Children in fair or poor health (42 percent) were three and one-half times as likely to have ever been diagnosed with asthma and almost five times as likely to still have asthma (38 percent) as children in excellent or very good health (12 percent and 8 percent).

Two things you can do right now to help our children breathe easier:

  1. Learn as much as you can about asthma. READ and SHARE our free e-book, ASTHMA TRIGGERS: A Guide for Parents, Teachers, Doctors and Nurses.
  1. The EPA recently proposed a very important clean air regulation, the Tier 3 Standards. This standard will reduce levels of dangerous traffic pollution across the nation and lessen the pollutants our kids breathe. SIGN THIS to support new fuel and emissions standards.

We support our children in so many loving ways, let's do all we can to protect them from filthy air pollution by supporting strong clean air regulations.

Cartoon: Danny Shanahan