Health Impacts of Gas Stoves

Millions of Americans are now learning that gas stoves release several hazardous pollutants that can contribute to respiratory and other health problems. Building on decades of related research, RMI's peer-reviewed study showed that nearly 13 percent of childhood asthma cases in the United States are associated with gas stove usage — a risk similar to secondhand smoke. Cited by countless media outlets, the study sparked a nationwide discussion.

RMI is committed to analyzing and addressing the health and climate impacts of gas stoves and promoting safe, healthy, and energy efficient cooking alternatives that are climate-aligned and energy efficient. Below, access the peer-reviewed research at the center of the national conversation, find our latest perspectives, and learn more about the health, climate, and financial benefits of home and building electrification.

“We knew gas stoves were bad. But how bad? For childhood asthma, exposure to gas stove pollution is similar to being exposed to secondhand smoke. Nationally, over 12% of childhood ashthma is linked with gas stove pollution. The good news? The risk is preventable and can be mitigated with electric stoves."

Brady Seals

Manager, RMI Builidings

"A lot of studies have measured indoor concentrations of NO2 when gas stoves are in operation, and many have found that those concentrations could exceed the one-hour NO2 limit EPA has established for outdoors. It shouldn’t matter if it’s outdoors or indoors, it’s the same exposure. So from that angle, it’s pretty clear that gas stoves are a problem."

Dr. Robert Dubrow

Yale School of Public Health