Maine lawmaker seeking Brain Cancer warning label on cellphones

Maine lawmaker seeking Brain Cancer warning label on cellphones
Lawmakers in Maine and San Francisco are trying to legally force warnings labels to be affixed to cellphones. The proposal by Maine Rep. Andrea Boland, D-Sanford,  would require cellphone manufacturers to place warning labels on phones and packaging, warning that there is a risk that using the device can cause cancer from electromagnetic radiation. The sticker would suggest that users-especially pregnant women and children-keep the cellphone away from the head and body. Boland herself does carry a cellphone, but keeps it away from her head and body and keeps it off unless she is expecting a call. The FCC has decided that cellphones sold in the U.S. are safe and has a standard for the "specific absorption rate" of radioactive energy, but does not require handset makers to release figures showing radiation levels on devices. The Maine representative has persuaded fellow legislators to let the issue come up for discussion in the new legislative session starting in January, a time when only emergency and governor's bills are discussed.

In San Francisco, Mayor Gavin Newsom wants the city to be the first to pass a law requiring a brain cancer warning on cellphones. The cities proposal would require the absorption rate to be displayed next to each phone in letters and numbers as big as at least the price. Representative Boland, of Maine, is seeking a different style of warnings with  a permanent, non-removable advisory of risk in black type and the word "warning" which would have to be in red ink. A color graphic of a chilld's brain would be required. Of Maine's 1.3 million residents, 950,000 use cellphones and Boland feels that they, "do not know what the risks are." From 2000 through last year, the number of cellphone users in the U.S. soared from 110 million to 270 million according to the CTIA. James Keller is one of the 270 million and in fact, a cellphone is the only phone he uses. He is skeptical about warning labels and says that it doesn't matter because people, he says, can't live without cellphones.

Dr. Ronald B. Herberman, director emeritus of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute,sent a memo last year to about 3,000 faculty and staff members saying that children should use thephones only for emergencies because their brains were still developingand that adults should keep the phone away from the head and use aspeakerphone or a wireless headset. Herberman, has endorsed an August report by retired electronics engineer L. Lloyd Morgan that highlights a study that found significantly increased risk of brain tumors from 10 or more years of cell phone or cordless phone use. But the National Cancer Institute says that the results have been inconsistent and wrote on its web site that,  "Although research has not consistently demonstrated a link betweencellular telephone use and cancer, scientists still caution thatfurther surveillance is needed before conclusions can be drawn." 

source: Yahoo



6. tonyc_42

Posts: 61; Member since: Aug 18, 2009

i bet he stares into the microwave while it's running watching his food spin around and around! explains the idiotic idea of the label cuz his brain is already messed up if he thinks this is a good idea!

2. netnerd

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 21, 2009

thanks! now i know who NOT to vote for office on next election! what' next? put a warning lable on cars "might cause accident, it might kiss you" warning on airlines "plane might fall from sky!" ? warning on fast food "eat too much, and you will get fat!" ?

4. Illyich

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

I think someone already sued for that last one, actually.

5. Illyich

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

But yes, this is all completely ridiculous. An idiot trying to make a name for himself, nothing more.

1. phoneguru173

Posts: 54; Member since: Apr 09, 2008

WHY? Because he's an idiot and hasn't read all the medical articles DISPROVING the idea! If he's so worried about it, then he should put down his cell phone, go chase a moose or boil some lobster, but find something viable to whine about! If cell phones caused cancer, how many of us HERE would have HUGE tumors growing on the side of our heads!

3. bubbasixx

Posts: 30; Member since: Apr 09, 2008

I love the state of Maine, especially DownEast Maine... but they have got some of the most bizarre people running things up there. Sounds like a typical congressperson that is just looking to make a name for herself. There is absolutely no definitive evidence of this so why make it a law? Of course, the doctors say it is too early to tell the true damage of cell phones... You would think someone using some of the old Zach Morris phones would have developed a tumor by now since that was about ten years ago. And for her to say she keeps her phone off unless she is expecting an important call - Does she always know when someone is going to call her for an emergency? And would she blame someone else for her not receiving the emergency phone call? Why don't public servants think before they try to fight for a cause? And you are right, we would all have tumors all over our heads if it were true..

7. gomets15217

Posts: 38; Member since: Jul 13, 2008

and this is all assuming that everyone is making actual phone calls. otherwise it would be hand cancer for everything else

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