Each year the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America looks at the largest 100 cities in America and their impact on asthma. The cities are ranked based on 12 contributing factors to asthma symptoms. The factors are asthma prevalence, death rate, air pollution, annual air quality, pollen counts, medication usage, poverty rates, public smoking laws, inhaler access in schools, uninsured rate, emergency room visits, and number of specialists.
Oklahoma City and Tulsa did not do well in the ranking. Tulsa did improve from their 2012 rank of 11 but are still on the top 15 list at 15. Oklahoma City ranks worse in the latest report than it did in 2012. In 2012, Oklahoma City ranked 8th but now ranks 5th.
That’s not the only bad news for lungs in Oklahoma, Oklahoma City and Tulsa also receive F ratings from the American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2013 report.
And even more bad news comes from the American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2013 report. Tulsa and Oklahoma city both made the list of worse cities for ozone. Oklahoma city ranked #20, while Tulsa came in at #25.
Oklahoma has a lot of work to do to improve our air quality over the next several years. These are not the top lists we want to stay on.
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