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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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California Constitution
By DaveLessnau on 6/17/2010 7:47:19 AM , Rating: 1
Anyone know what the California Constitution has to say about things like this? Obviously, the US Constitution gives the feds authority over INTER-state commerce. I'd assume that the California Constitution similarly gives the authority for INTRA-state commerce to the state. So, why does San Francisco think they even have jurisdiction over things like this?

RE: California Constitution
By mdogs444 on 6/17/2010 8:55:04 AM , Rating: 2
You should know better than to try to understand anything that San Francisco does. They are so out of left field, that trying to look at their local society logically isn't worth the time.

They don't care that illegals have murdered their own citizens, in fact they are releasing violent illegals on their streets instead of deporting them.

RE: California Constitution
By clovell on 6/17/2010 10:33:28 AM , Rating: 2
Municipalities have enacted regulations stronger than federal and state laws for decades. Try being an NRA member in a decidedly blue state - several cities have gun laws more stringent than the state their in.

The biggest pain in the ass are the laws regarding transport. I can be driving on the highway and go from legal to illegal transport in a quarter mile, or even California.

RE: California Constitution
By clovell on 6/17/2010 10:34:36 AM , Rating: 2
> , or even California.

was supposed to read as "Just saying the issue isn't unique to San Francisco or even California.

Damned keyboard lag.

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