Report: Tobacco money helped shift focus of house fires to furniture
May 8, 2012,
CHICAGO — Tobacco industry money and influence, including support of a national fire marshals group, helped take the focus off cigarettes as an ignition source for house fires, the Chicago Tribune reports in the second article in its series on flame retardant chemicals.
Instead, the industry shifted attention to the fuel sources - including sofas, chairs and other home furnishings.
The four-part Tribune series is slated to continue through Thursday.
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