­The Global Initiative for Asthma estimates that nearly 300 million people worldwide have asthma due to pollution and other factors. Rise has been noted in the last 10 years in USA and many European countries, incl. Belgium, France, Germany, UK, Poland Russia, Ukraine, Baltic States, etc. – particularly children and elderly people. It is estimated that additional 100 million people could be diagnosed with asthma by 2025. (Source: The Global Initiative for asthma, http://www.ginasthma.org).

Causes of Asthma:

Modern therapy with various antibiotics in childhood results more and more often in allergic states, whereby there appears a vicious circle of temporary improvement in the patient's state, followed by relapses of varying degrees. The disease becomes chronic and has lasting consequences throughout the patient's life. Air pollutants, such as cigarette smoke and car exhaust fumes, release gases and particles into the atmosphere contributes to it. Asthma UK believes that pollution plays a role in causing asthma in children and adults, as well as being a trigger that can make people's asthma symptoms worse. Two-thirds of people with asthma tell us that traffic fumes make their asthma worse and 42% find that traffic fumes discourage them from walking or shopping in congested areas. And 85% of people with asthma tell us they are concerned about the effect that increasing vehicle fumes will have on their and their family's health in the future. (Source: Asthma UK: http://www.asthma.org.uk ) 

Impact of­ Asthma:­

According to Asthma UK asthma is a chronic, sometimes debilitating condition that has no cure. It keeps children out of school (for a total of 14 million lost school days each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control) and sidelines them from physical activity. Employers lose 12 million work days every year when asthma keeps adults out of the workplace. Only in UK the disease is responsible for nearly 2 million emergency-room visits a year. (Source: Asthma UK: http://www.asthma.org.uk )