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

CTIA says San Francisco's
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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15 Comments

1. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

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

2. SavageLucy42

Posts: 211; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

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

10. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

That would be the iPhone.

14. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

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

3. ShakeCell unregistered

Me thinks bolaG doth protest too much.

5. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

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

4. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

That state is getting out of control with everything.

7. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

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

9. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

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

6. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

listen this is by far the most outragious .. that a iphone brainwashes your brain....

16. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

What does that mean, gallito? Explain yourself!!

8. icommonsense unregistered

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

11. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Word to that.

12. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

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

17. jbitounis

Posts: 54; Member since: Oct 08, 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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