Maine Bill to Mandate Cell-Phone Warning Labels

Posted by: Olga Kharif on October 16, 2009

Early next year, Maine Rep. Andrea Boland plans to introduce a bill that would require all cell phones and their packaging to carry a warning label, advising children and pregnant women to keep the device away from their heads and bodies.

On Oct. 15, Maine’s House and Senate voted to approve the bill for consideration during next year’s session. Before getting there, the bill will have to be tweaked and approved by a committee. So far, Boland tells me, she’s only been contacted by supporters of the legislation, which has been prompted by scientific studies that found a link between long-term cell-phone use and tumors and various other health problems. Many other studies have found no correlation, however, and, today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says that “the weight of scientific evidence has not linked cell phones with any health problems.”

As far as I know, this is the first bill of this kind in the U.S. But some countries in Europe have issued warnings or have recommended use of wireless headsets. It will be interesting to see if the bill passes, and if the idea spreads to other states.

Reader Comments

Chuck Brooks

October 17, 2009 9:23 AM

Boland's mandated warning should include light switches, toasters, kitchen appliances, elevators, TV and radio, as well as regular phones, in keeping with her scientific insights on electromagnetic effects.
Chuck Brooks
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Ellie Marks

October 18, 2009 7:48 PM

My husband was diagnosed with a malignant glioma same week as Ted Kennedy. He is a 22 year cell phone user and the tumor is on the same side of his head where he held the phone (ipsilateral). I have done considerable research and we now have documentation that proves causation. I have testifed to Congress at their request. I now know many others, some now deceased, others dying from this. The science is here- just tainted when funded by industry.I am very involved with experts in this field- Devra Davis, etc. I believe Michelle Conlin is currently writing on this for Business Week whihc is great. Thanks for covering this and hopefully in a few years all 50 states will have warning labels on cell phones for everyone. This is tobacco all over again.

Mark

October 19, 2009 2:50 PM

I very much support the work that may be involved in getting this bill passed.

With stories such as this and hundreds of others:

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/warning-using-a-mobile-phone-while-pregnant-can-seriously-damage-your-baby-830352.html

in the news...and abundant Scientifc Studies now confirming the harm from Digital, Pulsed, Microwave, Radiation, I think informed consent is a very good idea.

Cell Phones and the Microwave radiation they produce are not the same as light switches..and I think any scientifically minded person can clearly see the difference between holding a microwave radiation inducing device up to one's head for hours a day and flicking a light switch.

There is more than enough scientific basis for caution with regard to cell phone microwave radiation.

In my view, there is nearly enough clinical experience and scientific data to recall these very defective wireless products.


Take a look at some of the latest research:

http://www.powerwatch.org.uk/science/studies.asp

gandolph

November 10, 2009 11:39 AM

For a comparison between cell phone and microwave oven radiation, check out:
http://www.peterdolph.com/2009/08/will-microwave-radiation-give-you_19.html

Rob Stuart

November 14, 2009 1:49 PM

More information about cell phones the efforts to make them safer can be found at: http://www.environmentalhealthtrust.org

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