Boone County Lung Health Alert: Gas Stoves Linked to Asthma in Children and Early Deaths. Doctor Explains

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In this article, Dr. Adriana Davis, Family Medicine, shares her expert insights of the findings and provides Indiana residents with evidence-based recommendations for protecting their health.

Why This Matters to You

New research reveals that households with gas or propane stoves regularly breathe unhealthy levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2).

What This Means for Your Health

"Exposure to nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a pollutant released by gas and propane stoves, has been linked to an increased risk of childhood asthma and impaired lung development in children. " Dr. Adriana Davis, Family Medicine

Doctor's Expert Insights About Indoor Air Pollution and Your Lung Health in Boone County, Indiana

Know this: "This research continues to solidify what we already know--gas stoves can lead to increase asthma in young children and harm those who have lung disease. Gas stoves in our homes can seriously affect our air quality. When these stoves are on--and for hours after they're turned off--they increase the level of nitrogen dioxide in the air. This isn't just a problem in the kitchen—it affects the air throughout our homes, including bedrooms and living rooms. High levels of NO2 gas are linked to asthma in children and can cause other serious health issues over time. This applies to everybody in Indiana.

To protect your family's health, it's important to use a range hood that vents outside and to minimize time spent in the kitchen while cooking." Dr. Adriana Davis, Family Medicine.

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Actionable Steps: What You Can Do Next

If you live in Boone County and struggle with asthma, it may make sense to start using electric or induction cooktops. Also for overall lung health management, make sure that you're keeping an eye on air pollution levels in Boone County.

You should also regularly monitoring your peak flow measurements. Also, you should continue taking your asthma medications and continue to follow your asthma action plan. (Visit Resource Here)

Health News Today: A new study suggests that gas and propane stoves used for indoor cook pose substantial health risks.

The Science Made Simple: Key Findings and What They Mean for Boone County Residents

Short-Term NO2 Exposure Frequently Exceeds Health Guidelines

U.S. median gas and propane stove use increases long-term NO2 exposure by 4.0 ppbv. Maximum daily hour-averaged exposure to NO2 from median gas and propane stove use in the U.S. exceeds 100 ppbv.

Exposure Disparities Based on Residence Size

People living in residences smaller than 800 square feet had four times more long-term NO2 exposure than people in residences greater than 3000 square feet.

Racial and Ethnic Exposure Disparities

American Indian/Alaska Native and Black and Hispanic/Latino households incur 60% and 20% more NO2 exposure, respectively, than the national average.

Stove Use as the Dominant Factor in Exposure

How much you use your gas or propane stove has the biggest impact on the level of NO2 you're exposed to. Other important factors include whether you use a range hood and how well it removes pollutants, as well as how much time you spend in the kitchen.

Gas Stoves Linked to Pediatric Asthma

Gas and propane stoves may contribute up to 200,000 current pediatric asthma cases in the U.S. Long-term NO2 exposure from these stoves may be responsible for approximately 50,000 of these cases. That's 25%!

Potential Mortality Burden from Long-Term NO2 Exposure

Long-term NO2 exposure from gas and propane stoves may be responsible for up to 19,000 deaths annually in the U.S. This number is roughly 40% the number of deaths attributable to secondhand smoke.

Conclusion

Gas and propane stoves are a significant source of indoor NO2 pollution, leading to elevated long-term and short-term exposures that frequently exceed health guidelines. These exposures disproportionately affect lower-income, racial, and ethnic minority households. N02 exposure is linked to substantial pediatric asthma and adult mortality burdens in the U.S.

The findings highlight the importance of including indoor sources of air pollution in future policies designed to protect public health.

Medical News Today: What This Means for Your Health in Boone County, Indiana

The Bottom Line: Gas and propane stoves cause unhealthy indoor NO2 levels. These elevated levels of NO2 disproportionately affect vulnerable groups and cause health problems for Americans.

"I didn’t expect to see pollutant concentrations breach health benchmarks in bedrooms within an hour of gas stove use, and stay there for hours after the stove is turned off... (p)ollution from gas and propane stoves isn’t just an issue for cooks or people in the kitchen... it's the whole family’s problem." Rob Jackson, PhD. (Study Editorial)

What They're Saying: "Gas stoves are common globally and in U.S. homes. Emissions from gas and propane stove combustion degrade indoor air quality and are associated with adverse health outcomes that include pediatric asthma and hospitalizations. We report updated field estimates of NO2 emission rates for gas stoves and Long- and short-term exposure burdens from combustion by gas and propane stoves are unequally distributed across the U.S. population." (Study Source)

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Health Standard Newswire: Gas and propane stoves may contribute up to 200,000 current pediatric asthma cases in the U.S.

Health Facts That Matter: Key Statistics for Boone County, Indiana

The following health facts impact your physical health directly!

Did you know there were 4233 deaths from lower respiratory disease in Indiana in 2021?

9.1% of you in Boone County have asthma.

14.3% of you in Boone County are smokers.

32% of you in Boone County sleep less than 7 hours per night.

All of these variables above play an important role in the outcomes of your overall health.

The Health Standard Newswire.