Almost similar to how nutrition information is stamped clearly on all food products sold, there is one place in the US where you'd be surprised to find cell phone radiation levels being visibly displayed – San Francisco. Alleged to be the first of its kind in the country, San Francisco passed a law which mandates that all retailers selling phones are required to display the amount of radiation each phone puts out. Material printed in at lease 11-point type are required to be posted next to phones indicating what kind of specific absorption rates (SAR) they emit. San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom, a major supporter for the law, praised its passing as a major victory for cell phone shoppers' right to know what kind of radiation they're being exposed to by fancy looking devices that are becoming complex in terms of hardware. However, some are not all that impressed with its passing as CTIA spokesman John Walls said that some consumers may be led to believe that “some phones are safer than others.” He goes on to say, “We believe there is an overwhelming consensus of scientific belief that there is no adverse health effect by using wireless devices. And this kind of labeling gets away from what the F.C.C.’s standard actually represents.” The passing of the law was all too knowing when the city has already passed some other interesting laws such as the ban of plastic bags for its health and eco-conscious residents. It'll be interesting to see how other states and cities begin to adopt a similar law now that this one is in the books.
source: The New York Times