World Asthma Day

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2024 DateMay 7, 2024
2025 DateMay 6, 2025

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World Asthma Day seeks to raise awareness about asthma and improve the lives of those affected by it. Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the airways within the lungs. It is believed to be caused by genetic or environmental factors. Symptoms may stem from an obstructed airflow or spasms of the airways in the lungs. These may include wheezing, coughing, or shortness of breath. There are no known cures for asthma. There are, however, measures and methods such as inhalers that make living with it more comfortable. According to the CDC, 1 in 13 Americans live with asthma.

World Asthma Day was created in 1998 by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA). It is observed annually on the first Tuesday in May.

Facts about World Asthma Day

  • The theme for World Asthma Day in 2024 Asthma Education Empowers.
    In 2023, the theme was Asthma care for All.
  • According to the CDC, in 2023, 7.7% of Americans have asthma, roughly 45 million people.
    According to the National Library of Medicine, in 2022, approximately 300 million people worldwide have asthma.
  • According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation, as of 2022, the cities with the worst air quality in the U.S. are:
    1) Detroit, Michigan
    2) Cleveland, Ohio
    3) Allentown, Pennsylvania
    4) Lakeland, Florida
    5) Fresno, California
  • There's no cure for asthma, but attacks can be prevented or reduced. It's important to avoid triggers like smoke, mold, outdoor air pollution, and colds and the flu. Inhaled corticosteroids and other medicines can also help.
  • According to, famous people with asthma include David Beckham, Jessica Alba, Dennis Rodman, Isaiah Thomas, Frank Lampard, Ludwig von Beethoven, Eminem, Joseph Pulitzer, Bill Clinton, and John F. Kennedy.

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