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House bill would require cell phone warning labels for radiation levels

News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday August 07, 2012.

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Should cell phones have warning labels about the risk of radiation exposure? Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio says yes, and he has introduced a bill that could make that a reality.

The Cell Phone Right to Know Act proposes that cell phones would be required to have warning labels that alert customers to potential health risks of cell phone use. The bill would require phone sellers to label the radiation levels emitted by the device; establish a radiation limit that phones could not exceed; and create an updated measurement of the SAR, which is the amount of radio frequency energy absorbed by the body when using a mobile phone.

Science has yet to establish a definitive link between cell phone use and radiation, but Kucinich claims that there is enough doubt to warrant giving consumers the option to pick a phone with the lowest radiation level. The Ohio congressman drew parallels to early questions about smoking when he said this:

"It took decades for scientists to be able to say for sure that smoking caused cancer. During those decades, the false impression created by industry supporters was that there was no connection between smoking and cancer, a deception which cost many lives. While we wait for scientists to sort out the health effects of cell phone radiation, we must allow consumers to have enough information to choose a phone with less radiation. As long as cell phone users may be at increased risk of cancer or reproductive problems, Americans must have the right to know the radiation levels of cell phones."

Researchers have repeatedly asked, "Can cellphones cause cancer?" without reaching a consensus. While one study may find no link between brain tumors and cell phone usage, another may claim that children are twice as likely to get brain cancer because of cell phone use. Another government report on the issue will be released soon, which may influence how the congressional subcommittee reviewing the bill votes.

source: Dennis Kucinich, via: CNET

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