A new law passed by the city of San Francisco has brought the controversy surounding cell phone radiation to a head. The Cellular Telephone Industry Association, CTIA for short, is putting pressure on the city to reverse the law.
The new law simply mandates that all cell phones must be clearly labeled with their radiation levels listed where consumers can see and use the information in deciding which phone to purchase. The listed radiation levels are based on available information from organizations such as the Environmental Working Group. The information was already public, but with the new law the information will be posted so that potential cell phone buyers can read it in stores, instead of being forced to dig through the fine print of websites, pamphlets, technical manuals etc. While the city and many other proponents of the law herald it as empowering consumers with greater choice, CTIA members hold a very different view. “The ordinance will potentially mislead consumers, suggesting that some phones are ‘safer’ than others,” said CTIA Vice President John Walls. The controversy is centered around the fact that although there is research showing potential harm and certain medium to high levels of phone usage, there is still no conclusive evidence one way or the other. The European Union is funding a broad new study that, according to the lead scientist, will “investigate the risk of brain tumors from mobile phone use in childhood and adolescence.” Read more here.