Asthma: the impact of policies on breathing easier

Mary desVignes-Kendrick, Janice Nolen, Ruth Jones McClendon, Andrew Goodman

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Asthma's impact on health, quality of life, and the economy is substantial, and asthma rates are increasing. Currently, there is no way to prevent the initial onset of asthma, and there is no cure. However, people who have asthma can and do lead high quality, productive lives if they control their asthma by taking medication and, as appropriate, avoid contact with environmental "triggers." These environmental triggers include cockroaches, dust mites, furry pets, mold, tobacco smoke, and certain chemicals. This article provides an overview of the asthma epidemic in the United States and its impact on communities. It also discusses federal, state, and local obstacles and approaches to asthma control and provides examples of recent state legislation related to asthma and the key factors in their enactment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-16
Number of pages8
JournalThe Journal of law, medicine & ethics : a journal of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics
Issue number3 Suppl
StatePublished - 2002


  • Air Pollution
  • Animals
  • Animals, Domestic
  • Asthma
  • Cockroaches
  • Dust
  • Environmental Exposure
  • Humans
  • Mites
  • Models, Organizational
  • Pollen
  • Public Health Administration
  • Quality of Life
  • State Health Plans
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution
  • United States
  • Journal Article


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