CDC in a quandry: Asthma up, but air pollution, smoking down

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported today that the prevalence and number of persons with asthma have increased since 2001 despite improvements in outdoor air quality, and decreases in cigarette smoking and secondhand smoke exposure.

It is of course entirely possible, if not likely, that asthma is not really up so much as it’s being more frequently reported, often erroneously. So buck up, CDC, maybe the politically incorrect can still be blamed.

13 thoughts on “CDC in a quandry: Asthma up, but air pollution, smoking down”

  1. Wow, PhilC said more in a single comment than SAM did in more than 5 seconds of quick dismissive scrolling.

  2. Don’t knock Sam. The statistics are plain to see. Alcohol causes much more damage than smoking. But drug abuse is the worst because in stimulates literal mayhem all across the country and into other countries such as Mexico, Afghanistan, etc.

  3. ATTENTION CDC – Asthma “may” be increasing, however, when adjusted for population increases AND when using the same metrics, it is about the same percentage of the population.

    In addition, it is supported by observation, evidence and many studies that the primary contributor to Asthma is during early childhood (from birth to approximately 2 1/2 years of age) when the maturation of the Immune System depends on exposure to various bacteria, etc., and when a child’s daily exposure is restricted from these developing influences due to a “too clean environment”.

    Hmmm…??? They (the CDC) should be able to answer their own questions and concerns as they are one of the largest contributors to these very circumstances!

  4. So lets Assume or say kinda CLOSE anyway Americans Consume
    500 Billion Alcoholic Beverages per Year ,And lets say a Nice Big tax on those 500 Billion drinks per year of say just 1.00 per drink,But wait a minute here Smokers pay a 500% tax and do not do not even 1/10 the damage as alcohol .SO i say BAN ALL ALCOHOL SALES anywhere in the so called PUBLIC where children are PRESENT ? Like SPORTS EVENTS,Theme Parks,restaurants etc ? THEN MY ANTI SMOKING LOBBY you’ll be saving not only billions,But Men women and children from the Horrific CRIMES and DISEASES ALCOHOL CAUSES 24/7 around the WORLD…..”Facts do not cease to exist,because they are Ignored” Any QUESTIONS ?

  5. Isn’t “climate change” and the “failure” to “do anything about it” enough?

    What more do they need? It’s been enough for everything so far.

  6. That study and others have found a link between alcohol consumption and breast cancer too. The more you drink, the higher your risk, Wilsnack says. “The unanswered question is what level of consumption is really a significant risk?” she says.

    So should light and moderate drinkers give up their evening glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, especially when red wine may have some benefits?
    It depends on the woman. “What are the possible benefits?” Wilsnack asks. “Do those offset the risks for breast cancer?”
    3. Heart Disease
    Resveratrol, a compound in the skin of red grapes and plentiful in red wine, is associated with a reduced risk of heart disease.
    But drink more than the recommended one glass per day and you reverse the heart-healthy benefit.

    “Chronic heavy drinking is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease,” Eskapa says.
    Excessive drinkers also face:
    A higher risk of damaging heart muscle – and that occurs earlier in drinking women than in men
    Higher triglyceride (fat) levels in the blood
    High blood pressure
    Heart failure
    Cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeats)
    Death from heart attacks
    Anemia (a shortage of red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the body)
    4. Brain Damage
    Women drinkers are more vulnerable to brain damage, Eskapa says.

    Long-term alcohol abuse destroys the cerebellum, the brain region responsible for sensory perception, coordination and motor control, according to the Women’s Heart Foundation.
    They may face irreversible damage resulting in slowed thinking, an unsteady walk and slurred speech.
    “Most alcoholics have some loss of mental function, reduced brain size and changes in the function of the brain cells,” Eskapa says.
    5. Violence
    Alcohol doesn’t cause violence, but it can make a drunk woman more vulnerable to physical abuse because she can miss danger signs.
    “Victimization is really a huge issue for drinking women,” Wilsnack says. “Sexual assault is also a risk.”

    Anymore Doubts on what kills WHOM ? and is CONDONED ?

  7. The Biggest Killer in the WORLD

    Oh Yes, Booze is good for you Right ?

    Cocktails with the girls. Wine with dinner. A nightcap before bed. Drinking may seem harmless, but drug experts recently said that alcohol is more dangerous than crack and heroin combined. In recognition of Alcohol Awareness Month, find out if you’re drinking too much…
    It’s a lovely evening. You’re relaxed and having a good time with friends, so you signal the waiter for a second cocktail.

    That extra glass or two won’t hurt, right? Wrong, say medical and addiction experts. Actually, it’s a fine line between moderate and excessive drinking and it’s easier to slip than you think.

    Nationally, more women are being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, up 28.8% in 2007 from 1998, the FBI recently reported. About 5.3 million women in the U.S. threaten their health and safety with drinking, says Roy David Eskapa, Ph.D., author of The Cure for Alcoholism (BenBella Books).
    How Drinking Hurts Women
    According to U.S. Dietary Guidelines, women should have no more than one alcoholic drink a day – the equivalent of 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits.
    So while you and your boyfriend can both have a martini, the drink will take a greater toll on your body than his.
    Men are 2-3 more likely to abuse alcohol than women are, says David Sack, M.D., CEO of Promises Treatment Centers in the Los Angeles area. “But women alcoholics are significantly more likely to have medical complications and develop them earlier in their addictions.”
    f a woman drinks the same amount as a man, she’s more likely to develop liver-related disease, says Sharon C. Wilsnack, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist specializing in substance abuse at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks.

    Although the lower water content of women’s bodies may be to blame, experts also have two other theories:

    They break down acetaldehyde – a toxic byproduct of alcohol – more slowly, which means it sticks around longer and damages the liver.
    Women’s higher levels of estrogen make some liver cells more sensitive to alcohol’s toxic effect.
    Women drinkers are also more likely to get stomach ulcers, which can lead to infection, bleeding or even rupture.
    2. Cancer
    The ongoing British Million Woman Study found that as little as one alcoholic drink a day may increase their risk for cancers of the liver, rectum, mouth, throat and esophagus.


  8. Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Are America’s Number One Health Problem

    The cost and consequences of alcoholism and drug dependence place an enormous burden on American society. As the nation’s number one health problem, addiction strains the health care system, the economy, harms family life and threatens public safety.

    Substance abuse crosses all societal boundaries, affects both genders, every ethnic group, and people in every tax bracket. Scientific documentation defines alcoholism and drug dependence as a disease that has roots in both genetic susceptibility and personal behavior.
    There are more deaths and disabilities each year in the U.S. from substance abuse than from any other cause.
    About 18 million Americans have alcohol problems; about 5 to 6 million Americans have drug problems.
    More than half of all adults have a family history of alcoholism or problem drinking.
    More than nine million children live with a parent dependent on alcohol and/or illicit drugs.

    One-quarter of all emergency room admissions, one-third of all suicides, and more than half of all homicides and incidents of domestic violence are alcohol-related.
    Heavy drinking contributes to illness in each of the top three causes of death: heart disease, cancer and stroke.
    Almost half of all traffic fatalities are alcohol-related.
    Between 48% and 64% of people who die in fires have blood alcohol levels indicating intoxication. 8
    Fetal alcohol syndrome is the leading known cause of mental retardation.


    Alcohol and drug abuse costs the American economy an estimated $276 billion per year in lost productivity, health care expenditures, crime, motor vehicle crashes and other conditions.
    Untreated addiction is more expensive than heart disease, diabetes and cancer combined.
    Every American adult pays nearly $1,000 per year for the damages of addiction.

  9. They know its a Lie passive smoke,All they want to do is try to get cigarettes BANNED,When in Fact ALCOHOL is the Biggest Killer not only in the USA but the whole world,And the worst part is that it KILLS not only the drinker but others ALSO.SMokers dont kill others and in most cases not even themselves.Now here are SOME HARD FACTS:
    Alcohol use in the USA costs this Nation $280 Billion per year just for its use in Liver,Brain,spleen,throat,stomach,kidney,bladder diseases,It causes Child and spousal abuses,Murder,rape,robberies,Accidents everyday 24/7 and kills over 200 People or more per day,not to included LIFELONG INJURIES..Now one cannot SMoke when all these People drink almost anywhere like SPorts events,restaurants,etc WITH THEIR CHILDREN WATCHING and GEtting is the CAR WITH THEM…………..ANy questions ?

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