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June 15, 2010

Cellphones to reveal radiation level!

SAN FRANCISCO: Imposing roughly the same cautionary standards for cellphones as for fatty food or sugary soda, this city, never shy about its opinions voted today to require all retailers to display the amount of radiation each phone emits.

The law, the first of its kind in the nation came despite a lack of conclusive scientific evidence showing that the devices are dangerous, & amid opposition from the wireless telephone industry, which views the labeling ordinance as a potential business-killing precedent. But the administration of Gavin Newsom, the city’s tech-happy mayor, called the vote a major victory for cell phone shoppers’ right to know. 

“It’s information that’s out there if you’re willing to look hard enough,” said Tony Winnicker, a spokesman for Newsom. “And we think that for the consumer for whom this is an area of concern, it ought to be easier to find.” 

Under the law, retailers will be required to post materials next to phones, listing their specific absorption rate — the amount of radio waves absorbed into the cellphone user’s body tissue. These SAR rates can vary from phone to phone, but all phones sold in the US must 've a SAR rate no more than 1.6 watts/kg, according to the Federal Communications Commission, which regulates the $190 billion wireless industry. 

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