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Maine Considering Cancer Warning Labels on Cellphones, Nothing New on Whether Calling Kills

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December 21st, 2009


By Ari Driessen
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The suggestion that your cell phone is slowly giving you brain cancer with each passing minute of talk time remains a topic of discussion in the scientific community, but is as as of yet unfounded at best. But, if a Maine legislator has her way, the northeastern state will be the first to require cell phones to carry warning labels indicating that they could cause brain cancer.

According to the AP, Maine representative Andrea Boland, D-Sanford, has convinced fellow lawmakers to discuss potential legislation requiring cell phone packaging to warn of the potential risk of brain cancer associated with the electromagnetic radiation given off by the devices.

Specifically, the warnings would recommend that cell phone users, especially children and pregnant women, keep handsets away from their head and body.

Surely you’re asking yourself the obvious followup question: doesn’t Ms. Boland herself have a cell phone? Reportedly, the answer is yes — yet the legislator holds her phone away from her head while using it, and flips it off when she’s not expecting a call.

So, would such a warning label urge you to err on the side of caution, or fall squarely into realm of the completely unnecessary? Either way, Bluetooth headset manufacturers are quietly keeping their fingers crossed.

[Read AP Story]

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