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Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the airways that can impair breathing when triggered. Asthma is the most common chronic health disorder in American children. 7 million American children under the age of 18 suffer from asthma; of which an estimated 60% had an asthma attack in 2008. Many adults also suffer from various forms of asthma. In 2008, nearly 16 million adults had asthma.

Asthma episodes (or attacks) are triggered by various health and environmental triggers ranging from secondhand smoke to a cold. Avoiding asthma triggers is the main form of managing this potentially life threatening condition.

Fighting asthma is not only about individual disease management, because of the systemic nature of many asthma triggers. Dirty air, high levels of secondhand smoke, and poor building standards can all make life difficult for asthmatics.

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At Together We Breathe, we've provided a tool for easily identifying the state of your community with respect to the burden of asthma and its triggers. If you, your child, family member or friend is an asthmatic, we encourage you to help make your community more livable for asthmatics through action.

The American Lung Association and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America are the leading national asthma advocacy organizations. In addition to their national programs, these organizations have many local and state level affiliated asthma advocacy associations. Their websites have a wealth of information on asthma and tools for advocacy.