Gas Stoves & Indoor Air Pollution


Courtesy Regina LaRocque, MD, MPH 


Primary Sources 

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Coker ES, et al. A cross sectional analysis of behaviors related to operating gas stoves and pneumonia in U.S. children under the age of 5. BMC Public Health 15:77 (2015); 

Kile ML, et al. A cross-sectional study of the association between ventilation of gas stoves and chronic respiratory illness in U.S. children enrolled in NHANESIII. Environmental Health13:71 (2014); 

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The aggregate health consequences of poor indoor air quality—of which cooking is the major but not sole source—are as significant as those from all traffic accidents or infectious diseases in the United States. 

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