In 2010. the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America ranked Richmond, Virginia as the top “Asthma Capital” of the United States. This ranking resulted from continuous higher than average pollen scores, low air quality, and a lack of “100% smoke free” legislation. In 2008, it was estimated that 9.3% of Virginians have asthma, an increase from the estimated 7.1% in 2000. The graph below, provided by the Virginia Asthma Coalition, shows that the rate of adult asthma in Virginia, in 2008, was significantly higher than the rate of adult asthma in the U.S. (a 0.8% difference). The graph also shows that the rate of adult asthma in Virginia has drastically increased since 2000. Additionally, the current rate of children with asthma has grown from 9.0% in 2004 to 9.6% in 2008.
What are some factors that you think could have contributed to the growing number of individuals diagnosed with asthma, in Virginia?
- Poor indoor and outdoor quality?
- Unhealthy ozone levels?
- High levels of carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide?
The answer is all of the above. There are many ways that individuals living in Virginia can reduce these impacts which increase the rate of asthma among adults and adolescents. For local tips, visit the Asthma in the Roanoke Valley page.
For more information relating to Virginia asthma statistics, visit the Virginia Asthma Plan for 2011-2016 found here.