The CTIA (The Wireless Association which represents carriers and suppliers of cell phones) for quite some time has been trying to hide the fact that cell phones can emit more radiation than is accepted by radio frequency guidelines if carried too close to your body for extended periods of time.
There has been an ongoing battle between the CTIA and the city of Berkeley in California regarding an ordinance passed a month ago requiring the CTIA to warn consumers of exceeding the limit by carrying your phone in your pocket while it is turned on and connected:
The CTIA sued in US federal court stating that there was “no scientific basis” to require the warnings.
This is not the first time that warning labels were asked to be litigated!
In 2011, a US Bill called “The Cell Phone Right to Know Act” was introduced by Ohio congressional representative Dennis Kucinich that would have required the National Institute of Environmental Health and Sciences to conduct research on the effects of radiation emitted from mobile phones, label devices that exceed healthy radiation exposure limits, and regulate radiation exposure. Unfortunately, the bill was not enacted.
“It took decades for scientists to be able to say for sure that smoking caused cancer. During those decades, the false impression created by industry supporters was that there was no connection between smoking and cancer, a deception which cost many lives.
While we wait for scientists to sort out the health effects of cell phone radiation, we must allow consumers to have enough information to choose a phone with less radiation…
As long as cell phone users may be at increased risk of cancer or reproductive problems, Americans must have the right to know the radiation levels of cell phones.”
-Dennis Kucinich on The Cell Phone Right to Know Act
What’s the harm in investigative research if there is nothing to hide?
Do you think that the CTIA is in the right to refuse using warning labels?
Do you think there should be more litigation on radio frequency exposure guidelines?
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