Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Maine legislator wants cancer warning on cellphones

AUGUSTA, Maine — A Maine legislator wants to make the state the first to require cellphones to carry warnings that they can cause brain cancer.

Democratic Rep. Andrea Boland of Sanford says numerous studies point to a risk and she plans to present her proposal to Maine legislators in January.

Boland herself uses a cellphone, but with a speaker to keep the phone away from her head.

At issue is radiation emitted by all cellphones. There's little consensus among scientists that the phones pose a cancer risk, but some scientists suggest erring on the side of caution.

Cellphones carry warnings in some countries, although no U.S. states require them.
The Federal Communications Commission contends all cellphones sold in the United States are safe, as does the industry.

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