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Risk Factors

Contact the Florida Asthma Program

Gender:

  • Women are more likely to have asthma than men.
  • In children, boys are more likely to have asthma than girls.

Age: 

  • Adults ages 18 to 24 are more likely to have asthma than older adults.

Race and ethnicity: 

  • Multi-race and black adults are more likely to have asthma than white adults.
  • Black children are 2 times more likely to have asthma than white children.
  • In Florida in 2014, Non-Hispanic blacks had the highest rate of emergency department visits – more than twice that of Hispanics and more than three times that of Non-Hispanic whites.

Education level:

  • Adults who didn’t finish high school are more likely to have asthma than adults who graduated high school or college.

Income level:

  • Adults with an annual household income of $75,000 or less are more likely to have asthma than adults with higher incomes.

Behavioral risk factors:

  • Smokers are more likely to have asthma than non-smokers.
  • Obese adults are most likely to have asthma.