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21 August 2017

Have You Read The Cell Phone Radiation Warning?

Have You Read The Cell Phone Radiation Warning?
by Melissa Troutman, pribanic.com
7 August 2017

The “right-to-know” ordinance for Cell Phone Radiation

In April 2017, the City of Berkeley, California became the first in the nation to require that cell phone retailers post a warning about the potential health risks of cell phone radiation exposure.

The “right-to-know” ordinance, unanimously voted by officials in 2015, mandates that retailers inform consumers of the following:

To assure safety, the Federal Government requires that cell phones meet radio frequency (RF) exposure guidelines. If you carry or use your cell phone in a pants or shirt pocket or tucked into a bra with the phone is ON and connected to a wireless network, you may exceed the federal guidelines for exposure to RF radiation.

The warning came after a legal battle with the CTIA – Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association – which sued the city to prevent the law from taking effect.

But a federal appeals court upheld the ordinance, the same appeals court that blocked a similar ordinance passed in San Francisco in 2011. Since then, San Francisco officials have revised the ordinance to remove a requirement to list the radiation exposure limits of cell phones by brand and model.

Since 1996, the FCC has required that all cell phones sold in the United States not exceed a SAR limit of 1.6 watts per kilogram (W/kg) – and every cell phone addresses this requirement in language buried deep in user guidelines. But most cell phone users are unaware of the warning. What’s worse, the FCC guidelines are 20 years old and do not address the latest scientific research or trends in cell phone use.

So why try to keep the public in the dark? According to reports, CTIA claimed that city laws requiring posted warnings use “inflammatory” language and violate the industry’s right to free speech.

Public health warnings are meant to be precautionary, not inflammatory. And in recent years, mounting scientific evidence points to a link between cell phone radiation, rare brain tumors, and other health problems.

Unlike most law firms, the attorneys at Pribanic & Pribanic are willing to challenge the cell phone industry for clients suffering rare brain tumors related to cell phone use. If you or loved one has been diagnosed with glioblastoma or acoustic neuroma, call us for a free consultation at 1-800- 392-4529.

Melissa Troutman
Melissa Troutman is a journalist, writer and vocal artist. She began full-time writing in 2010 as a newspaper reporter in her hometown of Coudersport, Pennsylvania before co-founding the investigative news nonprofit Public Herald, where she now serves as Executive Director. Melissa co-wrote, -directed and -edited the documentary Triple Divide (2013), which she also narrates with award-winning actor Mark Ruffalo. Follow her on twitter @melissat22.


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