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Health Indicator Report of Deaths due to Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases

Chronic lower respiratory disease (CLRD) was the fourth leading cause of death in the US and fifth in New Jersey in 2019.

Data Sources

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 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, about 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 age-adjusted death rate than females, but the differences are not statistically significant. 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 19 in Hunterdon to a high of 49 in Gloucester.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

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

Available Services

NJDOH Asthma Resources: [] Work-Related Asthma: []
Page Content Updated On 05/11/2019, Published on 05/11/2021
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