Maine Rejects Cell Phone Warning
Industry pressure and the opposition of Maine Gov. John Baldacci force changes to a proposed law that would have required cell phone makers to put labels on their devices warning consumers of possible brain cancer risks due to electromagnetic radiation.The Maine House of Representatives has voted to reject an alternative version of a law to require a cancer warning on cell phones. Under the proposal, Maine state officials would have been required to add links to their Websites about the connection between cell phones and brain cancer. The original proposal would have required cell phone makers to affix labels to their devices warning consumers of possible brain cancer risks due to electromagnetic radiation. Industry pressure and the opposition of Maine Gov. John Baldacci forced the changes.
The World Health Organization and National Cancer Institute have said there is little clear evidence to prove a linkage between cell phones and cancer. The Federal Communications Commission says cell phones are safe and maintains a standard for the specific absorption rate of radio frequency energy, but doesn't require manufacturers to reveal radiation levels.