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Health Indicator Report of Deaths due to Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases

Chronic lower respiratory disease (CLRD) is the third leading cause of death in the US and fifth in New Jersey.

Age-Adjusted Death Rate due to Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases by County, New Jersey, 2015

Data Sources

  • Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Population Estimates, State Data Center, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development


Deaths with chronic lower respiratory disease (CLRD) as the underlying cause of death. CLRD includes emphysema, asthma, bronchitis, and other chronic lower respiratory diseases. ICD-10 codes: J40-J47


Number of deaths due to chronic lower respiratory diseases


Total number of persons in the population

How Are We Doing?

In New Jersey, over 3,000 deaths each year are due to chronic lower respiratory disease (CLRD). In the total population and among each racial/ethnic group, males have a higher death rate than females. Among females, the rate is highest among Whites, but among males, the rate is nearly identical for both Whites and Blacks. County rates per 100,000 population (age-adjusted) range from a low of 20 in Bergen to a high of 51 in Salem and Sussex. In 2015, CLRD dropped to fifth leading cause of death among New Jersey residents after many years of being the fourth leading cause of death. The main reason for the switch is that deaths due to unintentional injuries (specifically, drug poisonings) have risen above CLRD deaths, not because CLRD deaths are decreasing.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The rate among New Jerseyans is about 30% below the US rate.

What Is Being Done?

The [Pediatric/Adult Asthma Coalition of New Jersey] (PACNJ) was founded in 2000 to act as a statewide clearinghouse for pediatric asthma programs and services. NJDOH has partnered with other departments within the state to create an Interdepartmental Asthma Plan to serve as a coordinated statewide planning guide.

Available Services

NJDOH Asthma Resources: []

Health Program Information

New Jersey Asthma Awareness and Education Program (AAEP): []
Page Content Updated On 07/10/2017, Published on 07/10/2017
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