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Cell Phone Right to Know Act seeks to add radiation warning labels to phones

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Congressman Dennis Kucinich has introduced the Cell Phone Right-to-Know Act, which proposes cell phone radiation warning labels and a new program studying the link between mobile devices and cancer.

phone talk (flickr)
phone talk (flickr)

Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich has introduced the Cell Phone Right to Know Act (H.R. 6358), which proposes that cell phone radiation warning labels be placed on mobile devices. Originally announced by Kucinich in 2010, the bill would also initiate the creation of a new research program to study the effects of cell phones, while forcing the Environmental Protection Agency to review and update its own radiation emissions guidelines. If passed, the warning labels will inform consumers of a device's RF radiation level and what amounts are considered legal, as well as provide safety tips and other information for the general public.

Studies linking cell phones to cancer have provided inconsistent results, but Congressman Kucinich doesn't want to take the chance. He compared the situation to cigarettes, stating that “It took decades for scientists to be able to say for sure that smoking caused cancer. During those decades, the false impression created by industry supporters was that there was no connection between smoking and cancer, a deception which cost many lives." The bill has been assigned to a congressional committee, where it will be reviewed before potentially make its way to the United States House of Representatives or the Senate.