The American Lung Association in Wisconsin acknowledges asthma is a life-threatening obstructive lung disease that affects people of all ages, races and nationalities. It affects 17 million Americans, including 5.3 million under the age of 18.


We acknowledge the asthma prevalence rate for children has risen 87 percent between 1982 and 1995 and 61.2 percent for the general population. By 2020 an estimated 30,000,000 people in the U.S. will have asthma.


In Wisconsin, an estimated 288,781 people have asthma.


As such, the American Lung Association in Wisconsin pledges to:

  • Support legislation that will grant access to emergency and specialty care to all asthma patients, regardless of their income status.
  • Support legislation that guarantees patient access to the most current medications and devices, both to prevent and control asthma episodes.
  • Support legislation that protects children from indoor air pollution, including, but not limited to environmental tobacco smoke, chemicals and pesticides, molds, and other common allergens and asthma triggers.
  • Support legislation that continues and increases federal funding for asthma education and awareness programming, to be administered through local agencies and organizations.