Asthma Inhaler Laws

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When Governor Mike Rounds signed Senate Bill 83 into law, school became a safer place for the estimated 18,665 children in South Dakota with asthma, a chronic lung disease that also effects more than 43,000 adults in the state.  Students now have the right to carry their medications with them so they can better control their asthma as opposed to leaving them in a teacher's desk or nurse's office.  All children with asthma should have an asthma action plan that they develop with their parents, school nurses and primary caregivers to help children and those around them know what to do in case of an asthma attack.  Laws like Senate Bill 83 allow children to feel safe knowing that they can enact their action plan if necessary.

While effective medications and action plans can help people with asthma live normal lives, the chronic illness remains a major public health concern. In 2008, approximately 23.3 million Americans had asthma. In 2008, the condition accounted for an estimated 14.4 million lost school days in children and 14.2 million lost work days in adults. Asthma is a leading cause of activity limitation and costs our nation $20.7 billion in health care costs annually.

If you have questions regarding lung health, please contact the American Lung Association Helpline at 1-800-548-8252 or visit the Lung HelpLine. Our registered nurses, respiratory therapist, and smoking cessation specialists are standing by to take your call 7 am to 9 pm (CST).