ACTIVIST CLAIM: Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment ad claims gas stoves causes asthma comparable to kids living with smokers.
THE FACTS: Not only is natural gas is one of the cleanest methods of cooking, it also uses an environmentally-friendly source of Canadian-made energy.
Here are some facts and sources to have a reasoned conversation about natural gas
- Despite headline-grabbing claims that gas stove use can increase the risk of respiratory issues such as asthma, this independent study found that most studies have been inconclusive for both children and adults and have not found there is an increased risk.
- This is the direct quote from the Health Canada Guidelines, which is consistent with independent research, that says modern gas stoves with proper ventilation are safe:
“Data from Canadian indoor air studies indicate that the concentration of NO2 in most electric stove homes will rarely exceed this level and that this concentration is also attainable in gas stove homes when adequate stovetop ventilation is used.”
- The best way to address indoor air quality is to use a proper vent because even switching to electric stoves can increase particulate matter which can affect respiratory health.
- There are two clean indoor cooking options, electricity, and natural gas.
Stories that get it right
In recent years, Canada has become a touchpoint for Hollywood stars eager to demonstrate their environmentalist props. Motivated by commitments to sustainability, while publicly declaring support for Indigenous peoples, celebrities like Leo DiCaprio, Neil Young, Mark Ruffalo and Jane Fonda feel free to lecture Canadians about both environmental matters and their treatment of Indigenous peoples.