R 223
2021 -- H 6295
Enacted 05/04/2021

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Batista, Shekarchi, Blazejewski, Williams, Cortvriend, Perez, Tanzi, Cardillo, Place, and Nardone

Date Introduced: May 04, 2021

     WHEREAS, Asthma is a long-term, inflammatory disease in which the airways of the
lungs constrict causing wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and coughing; and
     WHEREAS, Approximately 25 million Americans have asthma. Approximately eight
percent of adults have asthma and seven percent of children have asthma, which is the leading
chronic disease in children; and
     WHEREAS, African-American children are three times more likely to have asthma than
white children and African-Americans are three times more likely to die from asthma than white
Americans; and
     WHEREAS, In 2016, asthma accounted for 9.8 million doctor’s office visits, and in
2018, asthma accounted for 178,530 discharges from hospital inpatient care and 1.6 million
emergency department visits; and
     WHEREAS, From 2008 to 2013, the annual economic cost of asthma was $81.9 billion,
including medical costs and loss of work and school days. Among children aged 5 to 17, asthma
is one of the top causes of missed school days; and
     WHEREAS, Worldwide, it was estimated in 2016 that 339 million people have asthma
and 417,918 deaths occurred due to asthma; and
     WHEREAS, World Asthma Day was established in 1988. It is organized by GINA, the
Global Initiative for Asthma, which works with health care groups across the globe to help raise
awareness of asthma. Today, World Asthma Day is widely considered to be the world’s most
important Asthma awareness event; and
     WHEREAS, The 2021 World Asthma Day theme is "Uncovering Asthma
Misconceptions." The goal is to expose the commonly held but dangerous falsehoods surrounding
asthma such as the belief that asthma is infectious, that asthma sufferers should not exercise, that
asthma can only be controlled with high dose steroids, or that asthma is a childhood disease, one
that individuals will grow out of as they age; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island hereby
commemorates May 4, 2021 as "World Asthma Day"; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Louis-Philippe Boulet MD, Chair of the Board
of Directors of the Global Initiative For Asthma.