Gas stoves emit nitrogen dioxide, often at levels higher than both indoor and outdoor standards for maximum levels as set by the US National Standard, Canadian National Standar, California State Standard and the World Health Organization.
This according to a new report from the Rocky Mountain Institute.
Nitrogen dioxide can affect many different body systems. In children, who are especially vulnerable, these can include:
– Irritated airways and increased susceptibility to lung infections
– Altered lung function and aggravated respiratory symptoms (wheeze, cough, chest tightness)
– Increased risk for asthma
– Association with IQ and learning deficits
– Cardiovascular effects
– Increased susceptibility to allergens
The indoor environment is where we spend up to 90 percent of our time, especially during stay-at-home pandemic measures. Electric stoves (including induction stoves), by comparison, emit 50-400 times less pollution.