The South has six cities in the top 10 Asthma Capitals of 2008, including the the number one place to lose your breath, Knoxville, Tenn. The annual rankings that come from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America also list Atlanta, Ga., Memphis, Tenn., Charlotte, N.C., Greenville, S.C., and Greensboro, N.C. Factors used to determine the rankings include: mortality statistics, air quality, pollen, smoke-free laws, poverty, medication usage, and access to specialists. Knoxville has been America’s asthma capital for the third time in the last five years.

Top 10 Asthma Capitals for 2008
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