According to the Florida Department of Health, approximately 1 in 10 children and 1 in 12 adults have asthma, but rates are on the rise. In 2012, one in six middle and high school students in Florida reported an asthma attack in the past year. From 2006 to 2012, lifetime asthma among Florida students increased by 21 percent.
The disease is more common and more severe among children; women; low-income, inner-city residents; and African American and Puerto Rican communities. Asthma is a chronic, or long-term, lung disease that causes breathing problems and can be life threatening. There is no cure for the disease, but it can be prevented and controlled with proper care.