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Since 1917, Breathe California has focused on lung health issues, ranging from tuberculosis to the impact that unhealthy air quality has on our lungs and respiratory system. Our lung health programs include:


Asthma is a chronic lung disease caused by inflammation of the airways, causing an attack. Symptoms during an attack may include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and in extreme cases, even death. It is estimated that over 300,000 people have asthma in our 28-county service area. Our Asthma Collaborative - a group of physicians, school nurses, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, health care administrators, parents and other lung health experts - are working to reduce asthma severity in our communities.

Your Asthma Book

A resource created to help people better understand and control their asthma. Now in it's 4th edition, the book is available in English, Chinese, Hindi, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Russian.

Asthma in the Classroom

A guide designed to help teachers and school staff better understand asthma and how it impacts their students. Click here to view a copy of Asthma in the Classroom.

Teens and Asthma

Teen-friendly answers to your asthma questions.

Other Lung Health Issues

Information about COPD, influenza, tuberculosis, pertussis, pneumonia, particulate pollution, secondhand smoke, and naturally occurring asbestos.

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