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CTIA says San Francisco's "Cell Phone Right-to-Know" ordinance is misleading

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The other day, the CTIA called its legal staff to arms in an attempt to block San Francisco's new "Cell Phone Right-to-Know" ordinance. The new law forces handset retailers to post signs near the phones for sale that warns consumers of the dangers of radiation from the phones. The CTIA says that by posting the warnings, the city is giving the appearance to phone buyers that there is proof that cell phones cause brain tumors. In a statement, the CTIA said that the warnings are "alarmist and false".

The ordinance suggests that cell phone users turn off their phones when not in use. The CTIA says that doing this could rob San Francisco residents of the ability to make a quick emergency call if necessary. The Association notes that, "The City’s warning materials create the false impression that the FCC’s standards are insufficient, suggest that phones are dangerous, and urge consumers to limit their use and turn them off when not in use." The CTIA added that if people use their handsets less because of radiation worries, and turn them off when not using them, it will negatively impact 911 and emergency services and would lessen the value and convenience of carrying around a cell phone.

The ordinance passed by a 10-1 vote back in July, during a time when consumers had been frightened by reports about cell phones causing brain tumors and other deadly health problems. The World Health Organization has gone on record as saying that cell phones are possibly carcinogenic, a statement that was quickly refuted by The Economist. Other researchers tend to agree with the latter, saying that there is evidence that the WHO position is incorrect.

source: BGR

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posted on 07 Oct 2011, 13:13

1. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


LMAO! Whats next? Cellphones cause people to turn in to zombies after they die? hahah

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 13:23 8

2. SavageLucy42 (Posts: 211; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


I think some cell phones cause people to turn into zombies while they're still alive.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 17:04 2

10. corporateJP (Posts: 1622; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


That would be the iPhone.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 20:42

14. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3034; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Hey maybe all the radiation will eventually give us super powers!

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 13:37

3. ShakeCell (unregistered)


Me thinks bolaG doth protest too much.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 13:47 1

5. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


you sir are right. I dont protest. I do however sign petitions :)

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 13:47 1

4. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 861; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


That state is getting out of control with everything.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 13:57 1

7. snowgator (Posts: 3260; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Getting? How much more intrusive do they have to be to have arrived?

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 15:11

9. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


Agreed, Something is up with California hippies. Nice beaches though.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 13:56

6. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


listen this is by far the most outragious ..

that a iphone brainwashes your brain....

posted on 08 Oct 2011, 16:09

16. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


What does that mean, gallito? Explain yourself!!

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 14:11 2

8. icommonsense (unregistered)


Is this a surprise for San Francisco, a city over run with liberals.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 17:04

11. corporateJP (Posts: 1622; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Word to that.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 17:15

12. Stuntman (Posts: 735; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


They need to put these warnings on light bulbs because light bulbs when turned on emit a significant amount of radiation.

posted on 08 Oct 2011, 20:18

17. jbitounis (Posts: 54; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


First of all, the fact that people mix politics and science is a very bad sign, though indicative that they're in bad terms with both.
Secondly, I have been studying and working in the medical field for about a decade and things go like that: if you think that something might cause some kind of health problems under certain circumstances in the future, you clearly state that possibility and investigate deeper.
Just by the mere fact that none theory has been disproved makes cell phone users lab rats. Get over with it, I have.

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