Believe it or not, studies show that these fire prevention chemicals, which don't actually prevent fires, are linked to cancer, low I.Q.'s, birth defects and other illness. The kicker: Most states require these chemicals to be sprayed on flammable objects as a safety measure, and you can thank tobacco companies for this.
Fine. Don't believe us. Just watch HBO tonight for the premiere of Toxic Hot Seat, a documentary that follows the efforts of journalist, parents and activists to expose the hazards of chemical flame retardants and remove them from clothing and furniture.