On Sep 24, 2015 Consumer Reports issues cell phone safety recommendations.
Consumer Reports published an online article to appear in the November 2015 issue of Consumer Reports magazine entitled, “Does Cell-Phone Radiation Cause Cancer?” Consumer Reports advises cell phone users take safety precautions, government strengthen cell phone radiation regulations, and manufacturers prominently display “steps that cell-phone users can take to reduce exposure to cell-phone radiation.”
According to Consumer Reports, most Americans fall squarely on the “don’t worry” side. In a recent nationally representative Consumer Reports survey of 1,000 adults, only 5 percent said they were very concerned about the radiation from cell phones, and less than half took steps to limit their exposure to it. Although in May 2015, a group of 190 independent scientists from 39 countries, who in total have written more than 2,000 papers on the topic, called on the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and national governments to develop stricter controls on cell-phone radiation. They point to growing research as well as the classification of cell-phone radiation as a possible carcinogen in 2011 by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, with part of the World Health Organization suggesting that the low levels of radiation from cell phones could have potentially cancer-causing effects.
“I think the overall evidence that wireless radiation might cause adverse health effects is now strong enough that it’s almost unjustifiable for government agencies and scientists not to be alerting the public to the potential hazards,” says David O. Carpenter, M.D., director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany in New York and one of the authors of the recent letter to the U.N. and WHO.
In addition, The city council of Berkeley, California acted in May 2015, as it approved a “Right to Know” law that requires electronics retailers to notify consumers about the proper handling of cell phones. The CTIA-The Wireless Association, a trade group, tried to block that law from going into effect, as it successfully did after San Francisco passed its own Right to Know law five years ago, but Federal District Court Judge Edward Chen gave the City of Berkeley a green light to implement the City’s landmark cell phone “Right To Know” law.
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