California moves closer to warning labels on gas stoves

The state legislature is considering requiring warning labels on all new gas stoves.

The California State Assembly has approved a proposal that would require new gas stoves sold in the state to carry warning labels about the pollutants they release that have been linked to respiratory illnesses.

The label would be required on gas stoves or ranges made or sold online after 2024, or sold in a store after 2025.


The big picture:: Supporters argue that the labels are necessary to address childhood asthma and respiratory problems.

  • Opponents argue that the legislation is unnecessary and that efforts should instead focus on improving ventilation in buildings to enhance air quality.
  • The label would warn users about the potential risk of developing respiratory illnesses and leukemia, especially in children, if exposed to high concentrations of chemicals such as nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, and benzene.

Driving the news: California voters previously approved a law in the 1980s requiring warning labels on products that expose people to significant amounts of chemicals causing cancer, birth defects, and reproductive harm.

  • Around 40 percent of U.S. households use gas as a heat source for cooking, according to The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers.

What they’re saying: “Despite the growing body of evidence about the health risks of gas stoves, most of this isn’t common knowledge,” Asm. Gail Pellerin (D–Santa Cruz) told the Associated Press. “This bill will help the purchaser make more informed decisions about gas stoves and oven appliances.”

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