Berkeley to require warnings on cell phone packaging concerning cancer risk
Posted by GreenSwanStaff at July 15th, 2014
The city of Berkeley is poised to become the first municipality in the nation to require retailers to place warning stickers on cell phone packaging which alerts consumers to the potential cancer-causing aspects associated with cell phone use.
The World Health Organizations has declared cell phone radiation to be a Class 2B Possible Carcinogen. Berkeley City Council members appear undaunted by potential litigation that the city now faces from the telecommunication industry. According to City Councilman Max Anderson, who co-sponsored the ordinance, “Cell phones are a risk and I believe the public has a right to information that’s credible, readable and understandable about the device they’re using.” What Councilman Anderson is referring to here is the language contained in the device manual either in print or online. Consumers have to search carefully to find the usage guidelines which tell them to hold the device roughly one inch away from the body when in use.
Cell phones have not been tested for use closer that roughly one inch to the body. Keeping even this modest distance away from your device reduces radiation exposure significantly due to the Inverse Square Law. Children especially need to be careful as their skulls are much thinner than adults and as such they are more susceptible to radiation absorption from cell phone use.