TIME: You Asked: Can My Couch Give Me Cancer?

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Cancer is just one of many health concerns linked to the chemical treatments used in furniture.

Ask a public health scientist about couches and cancer, and you’re sure to hear about a State of California law enacted back in 1975. That law, called technical bulletin 117, or “TB117”, required furniture manufacturers to treat their products with flame retardant chemicals, mainly to protect against fires started by neglected cigarettes.

Markham Heid