|San Francisco's cellphone radiation law|
Monday, 28 June 2010 15:29
San Francisco may become the first American city to pass a cellphone radiation law.
Nine of the ten San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted that retailers must post the amount of electromagnetic radiation the phone produces.
The law would state specifically that the retailers must display the phones' specific absorption rates, which shows the rate at which the phones' radio frequencies permeate the body tissue. Failure to abide by this law would result in a fine between $100 to $300.
The law will come into effect once the mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, has given approval.
This law signifies a growing concern in America about the links between cellphone radiation and cancer.
The cellphone industry has fought similar legislation in California, and won. Cellphone manufacturers argue that reports on links between cancer and cellphone radiation contradict other scientific reports disproving the links.
Despite the seemingly inconclusive scientific reports, laws like that being passed in San Francisco are said to encourage further research into the actual health effects of cellphone use.
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