Gallery: Flame Retardant Manufacturers Rely on Fear, Tobacco Industry T...


Flame retardants are abundant in household furniture, despite the fact that they only delay fires by a few seconds and the inhalation of such chemicals often kills victims before an actual fire. While manufacturers including IKEA have pledged to phase such chemicals out of their products, they are still abundant in foam cushions and global demand is surging. A Chicago Tribune series that launched this week reveals that the reason chemical makers make a mint selling their products to furniture companies is part fear and part tactics learned from the tobacco industry.

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