San Francisco passes mobile phone radiation law

Jun 16, 2010
A man uses a cell phone. San Francisco is adding to its politically correct image with a law requiring mobile phone makers to warn customers that the gadgets are bathing them in radiation.

San Francisco is adding to its politically correct image with a law requiring mobile phone makers to warn customers that the gadgets are bathing them in radiation.

San Francisco's elected board of supervisors approved the unprecedented law in 10-to-1 vote on Tuesday and it is expected to be signed by mayor Gavin Newsom, who has endorsed the measure.

The law requires makers of mobile phones to display in their stores details of the levels of radiation emitted by different or face a 300-dollar fine.

In particular, shoppers must be shown estimates of how much of the radio wave radiation from each mobile phone model is absorbed into the body of the person using it.

If signed by Newsom the law would take effect early next year, and be the first of its kind in the United States.

Research into whether radiation causes cancer or other health trouble has been inconclusive.

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JerryPark
3.7 / 5 (3) Jun 16, 2010
Brilliant.

We need to tell everyone that electromagnetic communication devices are communicating with electromagnetic energy. Cell phone usage in San Francisco will doubtless plummet.
TJ_alberta
3 / 5 (2) Jun 17, 2010
right on Jerry!
How did so many people make it through high school without learning anything about the electromagnetic spectrum of the inverse square law?
kevinrtrs
1 / 5 (1) Jun 17, 2010
@ JerryPark and TJ Alberta.

Mmmmhhhh. Not sure what you guys are on about but just think about the smoking issue for a moment:
Nobody thought it would turn out as bad as it is and just as many went thru high school without learning that it could cause cancer. Same story here.

Can either of you guarantee that cell-phones do not cause cancer?

Are you willing to stand surety for the companies who make these devices just in case the radiation does cause cancer and people later sue the pants off them?

I thought not.

JerryPark
not rated yet Jun 17, 2010
kevinrtrs,

Are you really arguing that people did not know that tobacco products were harmful?

"Nobody thought it would turn out as bad as it is and just as many went thru high school without learning that it could cause cancer."

50 years ago, it was common knowledge that tobacco products could increase the risk of cancer and COPD. I knew this in grade school. So did everyone else.

"Can either of you guarantee that cell-phones do not cause cancer? "

Nope. But everyone already knows that radiation can increase the risk of cancer. It is common knowledge.