New CO data shows using gas stoves produces similar levels of benzene in homes as second-hand smoke

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DENVER – Using a gas stove inside your home can result in the same benzene levels as second-hand smoke according to new data collected in part from homes in Colorado including Denver, Boulder and Jefferson counties. It is the first study to measure direct benzene emissions from stove use and builds on previous studies that have found gas stoves can emit benzene even when they are not in use.

According to the study, using a single burner or the oven for 45 minutes created benzene concentrations in kitchens comparable to secondhand smoke and can permeate through a home and linger for hours after use.

Click here for an animation highlighting the key findings.

In December, a PIRG survey found retailers are sharing insufficient information about the health risks of gas stoves or the incentives that are available to switch to a cleaner electric or induction stove.

In response to the new study, CoPIRG executive director Danny Katz released the following statement:

“Gas stoves are a hidden health risk in plain sight. This study underscores yet again that cooking with gas inside our homes emits pollutants that are unsafe and pose a significant public health threat. Consumers are rarely warned about the health risks of purchasing a gas stove. People need to understand the risks of cooking with gas, especially when there are options like electric and induction stoves that can outperform dirty gas stoves.”

Check out more information on the federal tax incentives that are available to switch from a gas to an electric or induction stove.