A Maine state legislator wants cell phones in the state to carry labels warning of brain cancer risks due to electromagnetic radiation. And the proposal could come up for debate and vote in early 2010.
Boland uses a cell phone, but keeps it away from her head by using the speaker. The AP story also says she leaves the phone turned off unless she’s expecting a call.
The labels would recommend users, especially children and pregnant women, keep the devices away from their heads and bodies. The labels would be non-removable, with the word “warning” in large red letters, and an advisory in black type. There would also be a color graphic of a child’s brain next to the warning, according to AP.
The FCC says cell phones in the United States are safe and has set a standard for the “specific absorption rate” of radio frequency energy, but doesn’t require manufacturers to reveal radiation levels, according to AP.