Bill Text: NJ AJR27 | 2016-2017 | Regular Session | Chaptered

Bill Title: Designates May of each year as "Asthma Awareness Month."

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 12-0)

Status: (Passed) 2017-07-13 - Approved P.L.2017, JR-10. [AJR27 Detail]

Download: New_Jersey-2016-AJR27-Chaptered.html

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P.L.2017, Joint Resolution No. 10, approved July 13, 2017

Assembly Joint Resolution No. 27



A Joint Resolution designating May of each year as "Asthma Awareness Month" in New Jersey.


Whereas, Asthma is a chronic disease characterized by inflammation of the airways of the lungs; this inflammation may be exacerbated during an attack, resulting in symptoms that include coughing, shortness of breath or trouble breathing, wheezing, and feelings of tightness or pain in the chest; and

Whereas, Asthma attacks, which may be mild, moderate, serious, or even life-threatening, can be triggered by exposure to pollen, dust, animal dander, smoke, cold air, exercise, air pollutants, household and industrial products, and infection; and

Whereas, It is not known what causes asthma, and the triggers and symptoms of the disease vary from person to person.  Studies suggest that a combination of genetic and environmental factors, including workplace exposure to irritants and seasonal exposure to allergens, may play a role; and

Whereas, Asthma affects 18.7 million adults and 6.8 million children nationwide, and in New Jersey it is estimated that more than 572,000 adults and 174,000 children have the disease.  Approximately nine people die from asthma each day in the U.S., and more than 3,000 Americans die from asthma each year; and

Whereas, African Americans are disproportionately impacted by asthma: the asthma prevalence rate is 35% higher for African Americans as compared with Caucasians, and the hospitalization and age-adjusted death rates are nearly three times as high.  The cause of these disparities, which are evident at all age levels, is not known; and

Whereas, The annual cost associated with asthma in the U.S., which includes direct health care costs, missed work, missed school, and lost productivity, is estimated to be $56 billion; and

Whereas, Although there is no cure for asthma, the disease may be managed through an "asthma action plan," which often includes a combination of short-term medications, long-term medications, avoidance of triggers, and monitoring of symptoms.  Because asthma can change over time, it is important for individuals to track their signs and symptoms and work closely with a doctor to adjust treatment as necessary; and

Whereas, Untreated asthma can result in severe, long-term lung damage, and people who do not follow an asthma action plan are more likely to seek treatment through repeated visits to hospital emergency departments; and

Whereas, Studies have identified a disparity among new immigrants and residents of inner cities, as well as in certain racial and ethnic populations, with regard to accessing treatment, following treatment protocols, monitoring symptoms, and routinely meeting with a physician.  These disparities, which may be caused by cultural obstacles, lack of access to health care, or poverty, suggest that alternative strategies are necessary to better reach and improve treatment outcomes within these populations; and

Whereas, Enhanced awareness of asthma, including the importance of establishing a partnership with a physician to develop an asthma action plan, will help improve access to treatment and treatment outcomes, and result in better health and a better quality of life for people living with the disease; now, therefore,


     Be It Resolved by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:


     1.    May of each year is designated as "Asthma Awareness Month" in New Jersey to increase public awareness of asthma, emphasize the importance of ongoing treatment and monitoring of the disease, and improve access to treatment throughout the State.


     2.    The Governor shall annually issue a proclamation and call upon public officials, private organizations, and all citizens of this State to observe "Asthma Awareness Month" with appropriate activities and programs.


     3.    This joint resolution shall take effect immediately.





     Designates May of each year as "Asthma Awareness Month."