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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 fourth in New Jersey.


Preliminary 2015 data are from CDC WONDER.

Data Sources

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Compressed Mortality File. CDC WONDER On-line Database accessed at
  • 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 range from a low of 19.4 in Bergen to a high of 49.2 in Cumberland. In 2008, CLRD replaced stroke as the third leading cause of death in New Jersey and the US, a position it had held since the 1950s when cause-of-death ranking began. Changes in coding rules were implemented in 2008 which had an impact on several causes of death, including CLRD and stroke.[1] In New Jersey, stroke reclaimed the #3 position the following year but CLRD remains the third leading cause of death in the US.

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 05/08/2017, Published on 05/08/2017
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Content updated: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:00:44 EDT