Nitrogen Exposure From Gas Stoves Are Much Higher Than Who Norms: Study

by | May 4, 2024 | Environmental News, Research Updates

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A recent study published in Science Advances reveals that using gas stoves significantly elevates exposure to nitrogen dioxide, a harmful pollutant, surpassing recommended public health levels. The report, released Friday, indicates that Nitrogen exposure from gas stoves is much higher than WHO norms, and communities of color and low-income households in the United States bear a disproportionate burden of this elevated risk.

Nitrogen exposure from gas stove

Direct Fossil Fuel Burning at Home Elevates Nitrogen Levels

Lead author of the study, Yannai Kashtan, a Stanford University PhD candidate, explains that gas stoves directly burn fossil fuels indoors, contributing to heightened nitrogen dioxide levels. Despite ventilation efforts, which offer only partial mitigation, the study emphasizes the imperative of reducing pollution at its source to safeguard public health.

Impact of Nitrogen Exposure from Gas Stoves on Health and Disparities

Nitrogen dioxide exposure irritates airways and exacerbates respiratory conditions like asthma. The research estimates that stove-related nitrogen dioxide exposure leads to approximately 50,000 pediatric asthma cases annually in the US. Moreover, the study reveals that pollution disperses throughout homes swiftly, remaining at hazardous levels for extended periods after stove use. Additionally, the study highlights disparities, indicating that certain demographics, such as American Indians, Alaska Natives, Blacks, and Latinos or Hispanics, face higher exposure rates, exacerbating existing inequalities in health outcomes.

Size and Socioeconomic Factors Influence Exposure

Notably, the study finds that household size correlates with exposure levels, with smaller residences experiencing four times the chronic exposure compared to larger homes. Furthermore, the research underscores the link between housing characteristics and exposure disparities, with older, smaller homes more likely to have gas stoves, reflecting broader socioeconomic factors. These findings underscore the urgency of addressing indoor air quality, particularly in marginalized communities, where the impacts of gas stove use are most acutely felt.

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  • Sarah Tancredi

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  1. Julia Felton

    Thanks for the information


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