Asthma is a chronic lung disease with recurring symptoms, including wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing. Almost 9% of children and 7% of adults in the United States have asthma, and it is more common among the poor and certain minority groups. While asthma can be controlled by taking medicine and avoiding triggers that can cause an attack, it is also improved by removing environmental triggers that can make symptoms worse. The following state statutes seek to improve conditions for populations with asthma.

Page last reviewed: August 19, 2016