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Asthma Foundation Announces 2008 Asthma Capitals, Knoxville on Top Again
Date:1/29/2008

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This is not Knoxville's first time at the top of the list. The city was ranked #1 in 2004 and 2005 and dipped down in following years, but never went off the list. "Knoxville keeps appearing as a severe place for people with asthma," says Mike Tringale, AAFA's Director of External Affairs, "but people should not move away from cities just because they are on the list; you can't move away from asthma. We hope this ranking encourages patients to work better with their doctors to develop a better daily asthma management plan no matter where they live."

Top 2008 Asthma Capitals

The Asthma Capitals are considered to be the most challenging places to live with asthma; the top 10 cities for this year are:

1. Knoxville, TN

2. Tulsa, OK

3. Milwaukee, WI

4. Atlanta, GA

5. Memphis, TN

6. Allentown, PA

7. Charlotte, NC

8. Greenville, SC

9. St. Louis, MO

10. Greensboro, NC

Find the full rankings and complete data for all 100 cities at http://www.AsthmaCapitals.com.

About Asthma

Asthma is a condition characterized by inflammation of airways in the lungs resulting in chronic wheezing, coughing and difficulty breathing. Asthma has a significant impact on both individual lives and society, including:

-- More than 4,000 deaths annually

-- More than 500,000 hospitalizations annually

-- 14.6 million missed days of school each year, making asthma the leading cause of school absenteeism

-- 14.5 million missed days of work for adults each year

-- 1.9 million emergency room visits each year

-- $18 billion in medical expenses and indirect costs each year

About AAFA

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is the leading national nonprofit organization fighting asthma a
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