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Pembroke Pines, Florida passes the state's first resolution to warn cellphone users about cancer

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Pembroke Pines, Florida passes the state's first resolution to warn cellphone users about cancer
Located in between South Beach and Fort Lauderdale, the city of Pembroke Pines has become the first in the State of Florida to pass a resolution warning cellphone users about the risk of getting cancer from cellphone radiation. The resolution from Pembroke Pines warns those using a cellphone to keep it at least one inch away from their body. The resolution also suggests that cellphone users use a wired headset or the speakerphone on a mobile handset. And instead of making phone calls, the city suggests communicating via email or text. Pembroke Pines also urges all of its cellphone using residents to keep up to date on the latest scientific reports about cellphone radiation.

The World Health Organization, Government Accountability Office and National Cancer Institute have all said that cellphones could be linked to cancer. Scientists say that it is too early in the game and that more study is needed. Meanwhile, last year the WHO said that the risk of a cellphone user getting cancer doubles after using a mobile handset for at least half an hour daily for ten years.

"Our city's resolution isn't about creating panic and alarm. It's about raising awareness in a responsible way to ensure that the health of all cellphone users is protected."-Pembroke Pines City Commissioner Angelo Castillo
Pembroke Pines plans on sending the resolution throughout the state, eventually reaching the governor's office. The city would like to see school boards and other cities throughout the Sunshine State pass a similar resolution. The impetus behind the resolution was the cancer diagnosis received by Pines resident Jimmy Gonzalez who in August 2011 had a cancerous brain tumor removed from the area above Gonzalez' left ear, where he used to hold his handset for hours. The year before, he had a tumor removed from his left hand, in between his index finger and middle finger. Gonzalez is now cancer-free and hopes that his story will prove to be an inspiration. Nowadays, he hooks his cellphone up to a dock in the car so he rarely has to hold it, and when he does, he uses it to send text messages.

Pembroke Pines commissioners are also taking precautions. Vice Mayor Carl Shechter stopped clipping his phone to his belt. Mayor Frank Ortis now hooks up his cellphone to his car to avoid holding it against his head. And while Pembroke Pines cellphone policies won't change because of the resolution, it is hoped that city workers follow the guidelines to protect themselves when using their phone.

source: Sun-Sentinel

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posted on 26 Nov 2012, 19:29

1. weiyibu23 (Posts: 2; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)


I'm scared >"

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 19:46

2. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


What babies that porcupine pines, (see what I did there) Florida is!!!!

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 20:52

3. archangel9 (Posts: 231; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)


I hope this carries out to other places to raise awareness.I love my smartphone but from past experience of phones that I own,it does get hot after a certain amount of time.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 22:04

4. jxtreme26 (Posts: 3; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)


Pembroke Pines is literally 20 minutes away from me. I wouldn't be surprised if at some point they might even say, watching the Barney show may alter a child's brain development and turn them into serial killers.

posted on 26 Nov 2012, 22:40

5. Jurdiales (Posts: 121; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


Someone tell me why to warn something that is not proved... thats weird

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 00:17

6. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


This is how propoganda starts, actually FDA and a few other Government bodies tend to say things and scare the mess out of most people, then a few years later recant but offer zero apology. I'm sorry this man got cancer, that's never something you want to hear. Isn't it illegal to make unsubstantiated claims such as this though?

Radiation, hmm...considering that the human body emits radiation on it's own, we have more appliances in our homes that bombard us with radiation all day everyday...no one putting out warnings for those as they might cause cancer too. Televisions, microwaves, PC's, light bulbs, laptops, radios anything wireless...the list goes on. The sun is the biggest source of radiation we get hit with on a daily basis. Put a label on that.

Even though I own a cell phone I use less than 50 minutes a month with my phone and it's more used for emergency and internet on the go.

posted on 27 Nov 2012, 01:20

7. Jurdiales (Posts: 121; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


So... all it's about propaganda? Well... i don't know what to think...

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