How dangerous is gas cooking for your health?

Verified on 05/02/2023 by PasseportSanté
À quel point la cuisson au gaz est-elle dangereuse pour la santé ?

According to several recent studies carried out in Europe and the USA, cooking with gas is particularly harmful to the lungs. According to the researchers, it could be responsible for almost 12% of cases of childhood asthma.

Gas cooking responsible for over 12% of cases of childhood asthma in the US and Europe

The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) has carried out a meta-analysis of the dangers of cooking with gas, combining data from 41 American studies.

According to results published in December 2022 in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12.7% of cases of childhood asthma in the USA are the result of cooking with gas.

For the researchers, this result means that 650,000 American children would not be suffering fromasthma if they had not been exposed to gas cooking in their homes.

The same is true in Europe, according to a report commissioned by the NGOs Respire, Clasp and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) from the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO).

Published on January 8, 2022, the report reveals that 12% of cases ofchildhood asthma in the European Union are linked to cooking with gas.

According to the scientists behind the study, over 140,000 children in France could be affected.

Indoor carbon dioxide pollution

European NGOs are particularly concerned about exposure to carbon dioxide. According to them, cooking with gas emits indoor carbon dioxide pollution at levels well above the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendations for outdoor air.

In a press release, they explain that  » gas hobs emit carbon monoxide, ultrafine particles and other pollutants, which can have serious effects on health, particularly in children » .

Face à ce constat, les scientifiques appellent à privilégier des « alternatives plus propres » comme la cuisson électrique pour remplacer la cuisson au gaz.

« Ces chiffres sont un choc (…) Nous pouvons craindre un impact sanitaire notable sur les cas d’asthme des enfants cet hiver et ces chiffres nous obligent à repenser nos modes de vie et de consommation » conclut Tony Renucci, directeur général de l’ONG Respire.