(WTNH) — According to an estimate from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 9.8% of Connecticut’s population suffers from asthma.
The Environment and Human Health Inc. said the high rate could be attributed to the environmental factors such as proximity to a highway or air quality.
The Department of Health reached out to DEEP asking if wood burning would be banned on “bad air days.” This Summer, there were 30 days with 90 degree heat or higher and many were considered to be “bad air days.” On these days people with asthma have a harder time breathing. Since being asked, Deep has refused their request.
In the recent study released by the Department of health, it was found that Connecticut ranks 14th in adults who have asthma. Rhode Island leads the United States ranking in 12 percent of the state suffering from the disease.
Asthma attacks can also be started by mold, tobacco smoke, allergens, and indoor and outdoor pollution.