Asthma is a serious chronic disease that inflames and narrows the airways in the lungs, and can cause recurring attacks of wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and coughing. Asthma affects people of all ages, but it most often starts during childhood. In Vermont, about 67,000 people are known to have asthma. Nearly 13,000 of them are children.(Source: Healthy Vermonters 2020)
Asthma can be controlled by taking medicine and avoiding the triggers that can cause an attack.
People with asthma can lead healthy lives, and the Vermont Department of Health is committed to helping make this possible.
If you or someone you know has asthma, these tools and resources can help:
- How to live with asthma
- Having an Asthma Action Plan to manage asthma
- Resources for parents, children, seniors & health professionals
- State Asthma Plan and related publications
- Asthma surveillance data and reports
Zero Exposure to Secondhand Smoke
Living in a smoke-free environment is an important part of managing asthma. There is no safe exposure to tobacco smoke, especially for children.
Jessica’s son, Aden, was 3 years old when he was diagnosed with asthma. Although Jessica never smoked, many of Aden’s attacks were triggered by exposure to secondhand smoke.
Jessica’s mother, who watched Aden during the day while Jessica was at work, was a smoker. Unfortunately, Jessica didn’t know the connection between secondhand smoke exposure and asthma.
Vermont Asthma Program
Vermont Department of Health
108 Cherry Street
PO Box 70
Burlington, VT 05402
Email: Vermont Asthma Program