In Other News… Your Stove is Killing You

Here’s another annoying post about how your gas stove is killing you.

It’s not just methane this time. A new study sampled over 200 homes in Boston to see what else is inside that appliance.

“Natural gas is mostly methane like pizza sauce is mostly tomatoes,” lead author Drew Michanowicz explained. “There’s other trace ingredients in pizza sauce. You need salt, oregano, pepper.”

Researchers found varying levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in gas released from gas stoves. Not great news, because VOCs are known to be carcinogenic. They also generate other air pollutants like ozone.

The study didn’t look at how this VOC salt affects humans, but it’s not exactly a vote of confidence for the gas stovers among us.

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