Let it stick. Cooking with nonstick pans may release toxic gases if the pans reach a high temperature. Dupont, Teflon's manufacturer claims that the pans are safe with normal use. Just to be safe, dispose of any Teflon coated pans that are peeling, cracked, or show any signs of age. Don't preheat empty Teflon pans. It may also be a good idea to use ventilation when using your Teflon pans. Better still, use alternatives whenever possible. Cast iron,enameled cast iron, and stainless steel are all great options.
P.S. Chemicals in the Teflon family can be present in food packaging such as microwavable popcorn bags, according to the EWG.
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