In 2018, 278,000 American Indian/Native American adults reported that they currently have asthma.
In 2018, American Indian/Alaska Native children almost twice as likely to ever have had asthma as non-Hispanic white children.
In 2018, American Indians/Alaska Natives were 20 percent more likely to have asthma.
Data on asthma conditions for American Indian/Alaska Natives is limited.
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
Percentage of asthma among persons 18 years of age and over, ever being told they had asthma, 2018
American Indian/Alaska Native
American Indian/Alaska Native /
Non-Hispanic White Ratio