Officials Seek Cancer Warnings On Cell Phones - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Mobile // Mobile Devices

Officials Seek Cancer Warnings On Cell Phones

Although there's no hard evidence linking mobile phones and cancer, elected officials in California and Maine are pushing for warnings.

Lawmakers in California and Maine are preparing to move in January to require cell phones to carry warnings that mobile phones can cause cancer.

Although there is no hard evidence linking cell phone use with cancer, several countries have warned that excessive cell phone use and the radiation associated with their use could cause cancer.

In San Francisco, Mayor Gavin Newsom is slated to propose an ordinance that would require retailers to post labels on store shelves warning about possible dangers of cell phone radiation. In Maine, state representative Andrea Boland will present to the legislature her proposal requiring manufacturers to warn that excessive cell phone use could cause cancer.

In San Francisco, the issue was prompted after city environmental protection officials were alarmed by an Environmental Working Group report that cited studies that found cell phone use risky.

"We at Environmental Working Group are still using our cell phones, but we also believe that until scientists know much more about cell phone radiation, it's smart for consumers to buy phones with the lowest emissions," the EWG report said. "Recent studies find significantly higher risks for brain and salivary gland tumors among people using cell phones for 10 years or longer."

The EWG has prepared a listing of more than 1,000 cell phones and their radiation emission absorption rates.

The issue of whether cell phones could cause cancer has been debated for decades, with some studies claiming cell phones are safe while others raise concerns.

Cell phone industry trade association CTIA has consistently maintained that cell phones don't cause cancer. "The peer-reviewed scientific evidence has overwhelmingly indicated that wireless devices do not pose a public health risk," the CTIA said recently.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Slideshows
Strategies You Need to Make Digital Transformation Work
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  11/25/2019
Commentary
Enterprise Guide to Data Privacy
Cathleen Gagne, Managing Editor, InformationWeek,  11/22/2019
News
Watch Out: 7 Digital Disruptions for IT Leaders
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  11/18/2019
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Getting Started With Emerging Technologies
Looking to help your enterprise IT team ease the stress of putting new/emerging technologies such as AI, machine learning and IoT to work for their organizations? There are a few ways to get off on the right foot. In this report we share some expert advice on how to approach some of these seemingly daunting tech challenges.
Slideshows
Flash Poll