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Regional Asthma Helpline Assists Asthmatics

By Tiffany Matthews

Buffalo, NY – Relief for asthma sufferers is now a phone call away. The Western New York Public Health Alliance unveiled the Asthma Information Helpline Thursday to assist asthmatics and their families in getting vital care and treatment.

"Of all the public health problems we have, asthma really ranks up there," said Alliance co-chair and Erie County Health Commissioner Anthony Billittier. "It causes missed days from school and work. And initiative like this were we can educate people is critical."

Billittier also said that Erie County ranks among the highest in the state for its population of asthma sufferers.

The Asthma Helpline's phone number is 1-800-749-4042.