Current Situation - Common respiratory diseases include asthma, pneumonia, influenza and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). The prevalence of asthma in the United States has increased since 1980. The disease can affect anyone, but significant disparities in asthma morbidity and mortality exist in African-Americans or blacks and people living below the federal poverty level. Specifically in Allen County, lung disease is more likely in those with incomes less than $25,000.
Key Data Points
Opportunities for Improvement
- The percentage of Allen County adults who reported smoking over 100 cigarettes and currently smoking has increased from 20% 2011 to 23% 2014.
*Respondents were asked: “Have you smoked at least 100 cigarettes in your entire life? If yes, do you now smoke cigarettes every day, some days or not at all?”
What is being done in our Community?
Activate Allen County's Small Community Transformation Grant (SCTG) and the Creating Healthy Communities (CHC) grant promote tobacco-free living policies. In addition, these programs promote smoke-free schools and college campuses.
The Allen County Tobacco-Free Coalition reconvened in March 2013.