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There is a disturbing and growing body of scientific evidence that points to health dangers associated with cell phones. The lastest comes from The French Interphone Study and the results are anything but reassuring.
Why is there such a benighted view in the U.S. about cell phone safety versus the more enlightened view in Europe?
Europe has a precautionary attitude towards cell phones. That’s why they don’t market them to children and insist on labeling that notes the potential risks and dangers. In the U.S., things work differently.
Here’s what one world-renowned researcher and European academic recently told me:
“There is a difference between the US and the EU when a product is seen as unsafe. In the US, there is a much bigger liability problem. I can tell you about one time when I was giving a presentation for a car manufacturer. I was discussing the dangers associated with latex (which are relevant also for rubber tires used by car companies), and I was stopped in the middle of my presentation. They didn’t want me to discuss this any further, because if they didn’t know about the problem, there would be no liability issue. In the EU, on the other hand, there is the precautionary principle. It makes it easier to know what’s really going on. In the US, however, companies need to say their products are safe or risk getting sued.”
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