In 2018, 2.3 million Hispanics reported that they currently have asthma.
Puerto Rican Americans had twice the asthma rate as compared to the overall Hispanic population, in 2018.
Hispanics are twice as likely to visit the emergency department for asthma, as compared to non-Hispanic whites.
Puerto Rican children are three times as likely to have asthma, as compared to non-Hispanic whites.
Hispanic children are 40 percent more likely to die from asthma, as compared to non-Hispanic whites.
While all of the causes of asthma remain unclear, children exposed to secondhand tobacco smoke exposure are at increased risk for acute lower respiratory tract infections, such as bronchitis. Children living below or near the poverty level are more likely to have high levels of blood cotinine, a breakdown product of nicotine, than children living in higher income families.1
Current asthma prevalence percentage, adults ages 18 and over, 2018
The proportional impact of asthma prevalence percentage, health care use and mortality among children 0–17 years of age, by race and ethnicity, 2003–2004
Hispanic / Non-Hispanic White Ratio
Current prevalence (2004-2005)
Emergency department visit rate
1 Source:CDC 2006. The State of Childhood Asthma, United States, 1980–2005. Table VIII. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/ad/ad381.pdf [PDF | 365KB] * NOTE: This is the most recent national data which is available at this time.