Asthma Awareness Month


WHEREAS, asthma has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, affecting almost 25 million Americans; and 

WHEREAS, asthma is one of the leading causes of childhood hospitalizations, long-term illness, and school absenteeism, accounting for nearly 10.5 million missed school days each year; and

WHEREAS, each year nearly 2 million people are rushed to the emergency room due to asthma; and

WHEREAS, asthma is a long-term, inflammatory disease in which the airways of the lungs constrict, causing wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing; and

WHEREAS, exposure to allergens and irritants such as dust mites, mold, cockroaches, pet dander, and secondhand smoke can bring on an asthma episode; and

WHEREAS, secondhand smoke worsens children’s asthma in up to one million children each year; and

WHEREAS, there are simple steps people can take to reduce their exposure to environmental asthma triggers; and 

WHEREAS, the Jerome Alston Memorial Foundation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are encouraging Americans to identify and reduce their exposure to environmental triggers in homes and schools, and incorporate environmental controls into their asthma management plans;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, do hereby recognize May 2014 as ASTHMA AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH