An official of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has stated that his organization will start a formal evaluation process that could bring in new rules, citing studies that link gas stoves to health issues, particularly asthma in children, according to Bloomberg.
There might be an incoming ban on stoves.
“This is a hidden hazard. Any option is on the table. Products that can’t be made safe can be banned,” Richard Trumka Jr, an agency commissioner, said in an interview with Bloomberg.
A report that was published in Harvard Health Publishing tells that cooking with gas stoves gives birth to nitrogen dioxide and releases additional tiny airborne particles called PM2.5. These are both responsible for irritating lungs and childhood asthma.
“Children living in households that use gas stoves for cooking are 42% more likely to have asthma, according to an analysis of observational research.”
More than 12% of current childhood asthma cases in the US can be attributed to using gas stoves, according to fresh peer-reviewed research that was published last month in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.
Natural gas distributors have their businesses threatened by the trend of shifting to electrify homes. They argue that a ban on natural gas stoves would increase costs for homeowners and restaurants with minimal environmental gain.