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  • Maine Legislator Wants Warning Labels on Phones


    Next month, the U.S. state of Maine's legislature will discuss putting warnings on cell phones that say they can cause brain cancer, despite the fact that scientists are divided over the risk and manufacturers claim the devices are safe. State Representative Andrea Boland claimed that several studies now show that the radiation emitted by cell phones does pose a cancer risk, and wants manufacturers to put labels on mobiles that warn users - especially pregnant women and small children - to keep their phones away from their heads and bodies.

    The idea that the radio frequency (RF) energy emitted by cell phones increases the risk of cancer in the brain is sketchy at best. A recently published study looked at the incidence of brain tumors in Scandinavia between the 1970s and the early 2000s and found no significant change in brain tumor rates in adults 5 to 10 years after cell phone usage went up. The FCC maintains that all cell phones sold in the US are safe, but many people believe that repeated RF exposure, even at low levels, can lead to brain tumors.

    According to a report by the Associated Press, Boland uses a speaker so she can keep her phone away from her head and leaves her phone switched off unless she is expecting a call. Under the bill that she is proposing, manufacturers would have to put information on the phones' packaging to warn customers of the potential link between brain cancer and electromagnetic radiation, and would have to put a non-removable black label with "warning" written in red, accompanied by a graphic of a child's brain, on the phone itself.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Maine Legislator Wants Warning Labels on Phones started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 35 Comments
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      So you never listen to the radio or watch TV? Or use a microwave? etc...
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      Driving a car increases your chance of getting in a car accident. I vote we all be required to put bumper stickers on the back of our car to remind us to keep cars away from our heads and bodies.
    1. PhoneLine's Avatar
      PhoneLine -
      I think there's a anti-cancer toggle in a new version of PrivaCy coming out. So, once again Jailbroken users will be safe.

      And Apple is trying to stop it. Corporate greed I tell ya!
    1. andygev35's Avatar
      andygev35 -
      ^^ That toggle is actually in the upcoming version of SBSettings...
    1. riku98523's Avatar
      riku98523 -
      The only way you can get cancer from radio waves is if the waves happened to be small enough to enter your cells and mutate them but guess what radio waves aren't small enough to enter your cells. Microwaves on the other hand actually do have a possibility to cause cancer but they are well contained. Also why are you sleeping next to your cell anyway? put it on a desk or something.
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      surgeon generals warning goes on cigarette boxes not individual, so why not put it on the box?, that comes with every phone. why put one at all just more ink to waste for something we all know and dont really care about
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      Quote Originally Posted by eg6motion View Post
      omg. I think she already has brain damage, perhaps she should keep away from the general public as to not increase her symptoms.
      LMAO =[] for sure. i remember when i had the motorola startac this was huge news. the startac was rated at the lowest of RF emissions [good/*sigh*] but now that ive got the iphone....cakjsbxkjfcbv,.n,kjhmxnc,mnnnkjnjkNJZnkj kjKJZJbxkjb. i think my motor skills might be affected by some cancerous tumor..;'d;jkjahjkhb *eek*
    1. shaldi's Avatar
      shaldi -
      Apple must make next iphone theme changeable

      Iphone 4g cannot be jailbreak. Fine. But apple company must make next iphone 4g themes and sound changeable. Sale themes at apple store so user can choose and buy from it. If not changeable i will difinetly not buy next iphone i will go to droid htc. Unless hacker can chailbreak iphone again so im glad to buy iphone 4g.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      I'm not quite sure what changeable themes has to do with this thread but I'm fairly certain the next iPhone will be Jailbreakable - but we'll have to wait and see.
    1. lukasss's Avatar
      lukasss -
      Well guys. Time for an iCureCancer app.

      I think they need to put a warning on iPhone 3g boxes saying they cause global warming.
      The damn things get hot enough to contribute lol
    1. MrJayRizzie's Avatar
      MrJayRizzie -
      Why is that some in Maine, or Mass always have something to say? First its *** marriage, now warning labels saying calls kill or cause cancer.. phones are safer than before, and Maine I'm sure has other issues that kill vs phones..

      Focus on that rather than worrying about cell phones.. Is the state that bore that now they have to put their two cents somewhere?

      Go suck one state of Maine
    1. thevmax's Avatar
      thevmax -
      I think READING THE WARNING causes brain cancer!
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by thevmax View Post
      I think READING THE WARNING causes brain cancer!
      Maybe we should have a warning sticker about that.

      Personally I think she's as mad as a hatter and am surprised people vote for her. But people in the UK voted for Tony Blair (at least no one can say that about Gordon Brown) so I guess people will vote for anything.
    1. MSUniquez's Avatar
      MSUniquez -
      Quote Originally Posted by shaldi View Post
      Apple must make next iphone theme changeable

      Iphone 4g cannot be jailbreak. Fine. But apple company must make next iphone 4g themes and sound changeable. Sale themes at apple store so user can choose and buy from it. If not changeable i will difinetly not buy next iphone i will go to droid htc. Unless hacker can chailbreak iphone again so im glad to buy iphone 4g.
      LOL, you made my day
    1. andygev35's Avatar
      andygev35 -
      ^^ I believe Shaldi could get elected to the Maine legislature... Just look at how well he sticks to the topic at hand...