Cooking with gas stoves is responsible for an estimated 12% of childhood asthma in Australia, a Queensland researcher says.

Environmental health scientist Luke Knibbs, of the University of Queensland, led research which investigated the connection between childhood asthma and two common indoor exposures – gas stoves and damp houses.

Researchers calculated that about 12 per cent of childhood asthma in Australia could be attributed to gas stove exposure and 8 per cent to household dampness.

“I don’t think that there is the same level of awareness for the link between gas appliances and asthma as there is for damp housing,” Dr Knibbs said.