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Hopefully this guy's brain doesn't melt from the intense cell phone "radiation". San Francisco has just passed a law to help inform the public of its perils.  (Source: Hands on Care)
Stock up on your tin foil hats and don't let the radiation in

San Francisco is known for its green-minded inclinations and diverse community.  Now it is about to become known as the first city that has passed legislation concerning cell phone radio wave "radiation".

The San Francisco board of supervisors, or council, voted 10-1 to approve a measure to force vendors to pay to put stickers on products or put up signs detailing how much radio wave radiation is dished out by various products.  Supervisor Sophie Maxwell notes, "This is about helping people make informed choices."

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom announced he will sign the legislation into law. Newson's spokesman, Tony Winnicker, states, "This is not about discouraging people from using their cell phones.  This is a modest commonsense measure to provide greater transparency and information to consumers."

John Walls, vice-president of public affairs for the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA), disagrees.  His organization, which represents cell phone makers, is opposed to the measure.  He states, "Rather than inform, the ordinance will potentially mislead consumers with point-of-sale requirements suggesting that some phones are 'safer' than others, based on radio frequency emissions."

The CTIA successfully defeated a similar measure in California's state senate.  That measure was proposed by Senator Mark Leno.

Perhaps the strangest aspect of the law is its rather weak provisions for enforcement.  Those who don't post can be fined up to $300 USD for the violation.  However, posting the information and keeping it up to date could cost well over $300 for large retailers like Best Buy.  Retailers have not yet announced how they will react to the law.

Some researchers and advocates argue that cell phone "radiation" is a danger to the human body.  A handful of high profile doctors have even claimed to be on the verge of publishing major information detailing how cell phones can cause cancer.

Thus far, some studies have suggested a link between cell phone use and fast-growing tumors, while others have suggested that such a link does not appear to exist.

While the cell phone-cancer link is unproven at best, there does appear to be a much clearer possibility of smartphones impacting fertility.  Even a change of a few degrees can throw off sperm counts in males, and with many males keeping hot smartphones in pockets, there may be a risk on this front.  Recent studies have offered early evidence in support of this possibility.


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If the wackos are going to make any progress.....
By zmatt on 6/17/2010 7:44:49 AM , Rating: 4
It will be in California. Seriously, the elected officials over there are so concerned with making everyone happy that they will bend over backwards to enact legislation concerning a phenomenon that's science is shaky at best and ludicrous at worst.

By xler8r on 6/17/2010 8:00:10 AM , Rating: 5
You mean the state formerly known as California, now known as the PRC (Peoples Republic of California)

By mdogs444 on 6/17/2010 8:50:32 AM , Rating: 5
Yes....except in the real PRC (peoples republic of china), the government is actually trying to increase their GPD, increase manufacturing, and not spend their way into bankruptcy.

In California, they'd rather spend everyone's money on stupid entitlement programs, tax you to death to be "green", and now they wonder what they are going to do with being $20B in the hole and people fleeing their state.

By FITCamaro on 6/17/2010 7:54:33 PM , Rating: 2
6. Enough said.

By marvdmartian on 6/17/2010 10:20:11 AM , Rating: 5
Personally, I think it would be funny as hell if all the cell phone retailers just picked up and left SF. Watch how fast they'd reverse this decision, once all the tax payers have to go south of the city, or across the bay, any time they want a new phone or service on their existing phone.

Never happen, but would be fun to watch the council squirm, wouldn't it?

By The Imir of Groofunkistan on 6/17/2010 12:55:37 PM , Rating: 5
Even better if they picked up ... and went to Arizona :)

By clovell on 6/17/2010 10:24:12 AM , Rating: 2
It's wacky to ask cell phone manufacturers to disclose to the buying public how much radiation their device emits? I mean - considering these things are made in the same region that puts lead in children's toys, I don't think it's a bad idea.

But, then again, I can control my reactionary knee-jerks.

By MozeeToby on 6/17/2010 12:34:20 PM , Rating: 2
I agree! Everything that emits dangerous levels of radiation should have to say so. In fact, I'm willing to bet that there are already laws on the books which say exactly that. Where you're wrong is assuming that cell phones emit dangerous radiation. Safe levels in cell phone frequencies are on the order of 100+ Watts for an adult human being, if any phone was pumping out that much power no one would buy it because the battery would be dead in about 5 minutes.

Radiation is a scary word for people, supplying them with information that is scientifically proven to be worthless that they also don't understand will only cause misunderstanding and confusion. It would be like putting kinetic energy at 50mph on all new cars in big scary letters, it doesn't tell the consumer anything that matters, it's just a number.

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