Just when we thought we knew all there was to know about how tobacco companies manipulated science and public policy for decades, HBO has announced a new documentary called “Toxic Hot Seat.” Don’t miss the debut of this program at 9 p.m. Eastern on Nov. 25, if you want the riveting story.
The documentary is based on a prize-winning Chicago Tribune investigative series about how it is that most of the furniture in our homes is filled with toxic flame retardants – which give off toxic fumes when ignited and do little to discourage fires – and what this has been doing to public health for 40 years.
What you learn should burn you up. Here’s the description on the website:
“ABOUT TOXIC HOT SEAT
Chemical flame retardants are everywhere. Our furniture. Our homes. Our bodies. But do they work as promised? And are they making us sick? The three chemical companies producing flame retardants would prefer that we not ask these questions, and they’ve spent millions of dollars on lobbyists, publicists and influencers to ensure that we don’t. It might remind you of the Big Tobacco cover-up. Which makes sense, since Big Tobacco has had a hand in this, too.
Set against the backdrop of the award-winning 2012 Chicago Tribune investigative series “Playing With Fire,” TOXIC HOT SEAT threads together an intricate story of manipulation that details how Big Tobacco skillfully convinced fire safety officials to back a standard that, in effect, requires all furniture to be filled with toxic flame retardants. The film continues to untangle how the chemical companies obscure the risks to public health and misrepresent chemical safety data by paying “experts” to alarm legislators and the public about the deadly risk of removing chemical flame retardants from our homes.
If you miss the 9 p.m. showing, other dates and times are:
- Nov. 25 at 4:55 a.m.
- Nov. 27 at 10 a.m.
- Nov. 28 at 12:20 a.m.
- Nov. 27 at 8 p.m. on HBO2
After you watch it, let me know what you think and what we can do about it.
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