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Mobile Phones To Start Shipping With Warning Labels? Fair or Overkill?


We have all heard that the radiation that’s emitted from cell phones could be dangerous for your health. But just how dangerous is it? That’s always been a bit of a debatable topic, but it seems to be dangerous enough that a United States politician has proposed a law that would require mobile phones to ship with a warning label due to the amount of radiation they produce.

The "Cell Phone Right to Know Act" (H:R.6358) would basically force the Environmental Protection Agency to update mobile radiation standards for today's mobile/smartphones. The current absorption rates for mobile devices is very outdated, which limits OEMs and carriers in terms of design, power, and services. If the law is passed, the SAR limits (specific absorption rate) would be revised in a way that would keep the public more informed about the emitted RF energy that comes from mobile phones, and would also allow OEMs and carriers to offer more efficient services.

Ohio Democrat Dennis Kucinich proposed the law, which would require warning labels to be added to mobile phones (along the lines of what you see on cigarette packs). I’m really not too sure how I feel about that, as it would make more sense (for me personally) to review the radiation standards and studies for today's smartphones BEFORE slapping a big “Danger Radiation” label on the front of your Galaxy S3.

I understand that people need to be aware of the radiation from phones. If using them increases the risk of cancer or other illnesses in any way, they do have the right to be informed about it. But I really don’t know if a big warning label is the way to do it. When you consider that a microwave oven throws out more radiation than our smartphones, it seems like its a bit of overkill. Then again, I don’t hold my microwave oven to my head everyday and play with it for hours.

Kucinich stated that “While we wait for scientists to sort out the health effects of cell phone radiation, we must allow consumers to have enough information to choose a phone with less radiation”. Fair enough. I must say that I am a bit curious to see what the new studies on smartphones with today's displays uncover. While we do have information on how much radiation in general that smartphones throw out, a dedicated study on this topic certainly couldn't hurt. 

What do you guys think? Is this overkill, or simply fair to the public?

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  • I know exactly what you mean David. It is seriously getting out of control. Its like a lack of common sense slowly takes over the world like a virus.

  • As usual - overkill. We have been told many times that there could be risks with these phones but so far have been given no real evidence. Why not just give, as part of the phones information, a radiation rating and let people decide what to buy.
    If all phones have a sticker on them what does it mean? Are people going to stop using phones - I dont think so.

    Also I am fed up with the "LABEL EVERYTHING" culture. ie "this coffee may be hot" and all the other rubbish. People can't use common sense anymore and have to have everything labelled.

  • Hahahhahahah!

    I'm gonna whip that label up for you in Photoshop next week :-)

  • I would love it if the warning label on the iphone says

    Warning you are about to buy an extremely overpriced device just due to the fact all your friends have one

  • chinu Aug 11, 2012 Link to comment

    hahaha... thnx bro :-)

  • what's next? warning labels @ birth warning against the gender of the new born? (rolls eyes) ...

    If the Government truly wanted to warn against anything? Its what the USDA & the FDA allow on store shelves for human consumption ....

  • LOL! Now that's the tweet of the day bro :-D

  • chinu Aug 10, 2012 Link to comment

    ill prefer to die in the arms of android...... ♡♡♡♡

  • Ti Mo Aug 10, 2012 Link to comment

    Well we have to die of something...

  • I know what you mean bro. What DOESNT cause some form of it nowadays?

    Its actually kinda scary!

  • Ti Mo Aug 10, 2012 Link to comment

    Well nowadays everything causes cancer. Breathing causes cancer lol

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    Deactivated Account Aug 10, 2012 Link to comment

    Overkill, @Gladdis.

  • Ti Mo Aug 10, 2012 Link to comment

    I think it's good. I mean it's on the freaking box of the phone, who cares? So might as well warn people

  • @Nick - EXACTLY how I feel about it. Then and ONLY then would such an action be justifiable.

    @Gladdis- I see your point! That's actually a pretty interesting thought. Could be an article!

  • The more important warning should be to not do any online transactions until Android is made much more secure. I gather even if permissions not given to an app', they can still access almost any data you hold, or key. That needs addressing.

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    Deactivated Account Aug 10, 2012 Link to comment

    If irrefutable scientific evidence comes to light proving that mobile phones cause cancer, THEN they can throw warning labels onto them.

  • I feel compelled to agree. It's just seems like a bit too much.

    But ya never know! Maybe new studies can shed more light on just what exactly our phones do/don't do to us.

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