San Francisco Passes New Cell Phone Radiation Law

by VR Sreeraman on  June 16, 2010 at 5:39 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
San Francisco has passed a new law that requires all cell phone retailers to display the amount of radiation each instrument emits.

San Francisco's mayor Gavin Newsom hailed the new law as a major victory for cellphone shoppers' right to know.
 San Francisco Passes New Cell Phone Radiation Law
San Francisco Passes New Cell Phone Radiation Law

According to the New York Times, the law - believed to be the first of its kind in the nation - came despite a lack of conclusive scientific evidence showing that the devices are dangerous.

Under the law, retailers will be required to post materials - in at least 11-point type - next to phones, listing their specific absorption rate, which is the amount of radio waves absorbed into the cell phone user's body tissue.

These so-called SAR rates can vary from phone to phone, but all phones sold in the United States must have a SAR rate no greater than 1.6 watts per kilogram, according to the Federal Communications Commission, which regulates the $190 billion wireless industry.

John Walls, a spokesman for C.T.I.A. - The Wireless Association, a trade group, however, warned that the new law could confuse consumers on which phones to pick or not pick.

Source: ANI

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