Beloved Everyday Household Item May Cause Cancer In New York State
A new study found that an appliance found in your kitchen can raise the levels of a cancer-causing chemical.
New York State residents love their gas-powered stoves. So much, so that many are outraged that New York State may soon ban gas stoves.
However, a new study finds using gas-powered stoves can raise the levels of a cancer-causing chemical.
Gov. Hochul Wants To Ban Gas Stoves In New York State
Gas Stoves Raise Levels Of Cancer-Causing Chemical
Researchers from Stanford University found that gas-powered stoves can raise the levels of the cancer-causing chemical called benzene
Benzene is a chemical linked to a higher risk of leukemia and other blood cell cancers, officials say.
“Benzene forms in flames and other high-temperature environments, such as the flares found in oil fields and refineries. We now know that benzene also forms in the flames of gas stoves in our homes,” the study's senior author Rob Jackson said.
The findings of the study were published by the Environmental Science and Technology journal.
Researchers say the learned gas and propane stoves and ovens emit significantly higher rates of benzene.
"A new Stanford-led analysis finds that a single gas cooktop burner on high or a gas oven set to 350 degrees Fahrenheit can raise indoor levels of the carcinogen benzene above those in secondhand tobacco smoke," researchers state.
Long-term exposure to Benzene is known to cause blood cancer and has been linked to childhood asthma, according to the World Health Organization.
Consumer Reports: Cancer-Causing Chemicals Found In 40 Popular New York Food Items
Cancer-causing chemicals that are used to make plastic more durable were found in food sold at McDonald's, Trader Joe's, Chipotle, Burger King, Coca-Cola, Wendy's and more.
"While there is no level that scientists have confirmed as safe, lower levels are better," Consumer Reports states
Below are the items tested with over 5,000 total phthalates per serving: