San Francisco Bags Cell Phone Warning Fight
The City of San Francisco this week agreed to give up on enforcing a law that would have required cell phone retailers to post signs warning of the phones' possible radiation threat and associated health risks. San Francisco first proposed the law in 2011, and it met with fierce opposition from retailers and industry organizations such as the CTIA Wireless Association. The CTIA argued that such placards would only lead to consumer confusion. Technically, all cell phones sold in the U.S. have been certified as safe by the Federal Communications Commission. The CTIA believed that signs would give consumers the mistaken impression that some phones are safer--because they emit less radiation--than others. The law was never put into effect and this week San Francisco lost its last legal measure to enforce it.