The Knesset, Israeli Parliament, gave blanket approval to a bill requiring all mobile phones sold in Israel to bear a health-hazard label. The bill, which passed its first of three readings into law on 29 February 2012, also requires all advertisements of mobile phones to carry this warning. As for cigarettes, all advertising targeting minors would be banned under the law. Breaking the law would be a criminal offense.
The article in Haaretz by Ronny Linder-Ganz continues, “Although the jury is out on the science, some suspect that heavy cell phone use may cause cancers, particularly in children. Youngsters can be more vulnerable to carcinogens because of their faster rate of cellular division.
“The labels will read ‘Warning – the Health Ministry cautions that heavy use and carrying the phone next to the body may increase the risk of cancer, especially among children.’
“ ‘The bill that passed today is a breakthrough in expanding public awareness of the possible risks in using cellular phones’ said MK Dov Khenin, one of the sponsors of the bill. ‘Given the “worrying results” of a number of Israeli and international studies,’ he continued, ‘it is incumbent on the government to bring the possible risks to the public’s awareness. People need to be more careful in their use of cell phones, and especially, they must protect children.’”
It is thanks to persons like the editor of NoRad, who, as an electrosensitive person, gave testimony of this disability before the Knesset in 2011 and many other activists, that this bill has been passed. Other countries would do well to take such precautionary measures to protect children. The top ten countries in the world with the most mobile phone users (2011 statistics) in order from first to tenth are: China, India, United States, Russia, Brazil, Indonesia, Japan, Germany, Pakistan, Nigeria. (Ref: TipTopTens .)