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San Francisco Passes Cell Radiation Labeling Law

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Jun 16, 2010, 7:17 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

The City of San Francisco has passed a new law that requires all retailers of mobile phones to clearly publish the amount of radiation emitted by each device. Under the law, retailers will need to show the specific absorption rate (SAR) in at least 11-point font next to where each device is displayed. The specific absorption rate is a metric that shows how much cell phone radiation is absorbed by the body. Under federal law, the SAR of any phone sold in the U.S. can be no greater than 1.6 watts per kilogram. "It's information that’s out there if you’re willing to look hard enough," said Tony Winnicker, a spokesman for San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. "And we think that for the consumer for whom this is an area of concern, it ought to be easier to find." The CTIA trade association, which lobbies for the wireless industry in Washington, disagrees. John Walls, a spokesperson for the CTIA, said, "We believe there is an overwhelming consensus of scientific belief that there is no adverse health effect by using wireless devices, and this kind of labeling gets away from what the F.C.C.’s standard actually represents." The CTIA believes the labels could wind up confusing consumers who might mistakenly believe that cell phones with a lower SAR are safer than those with a higher SAR.

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Jun 16, 2010, 8:26 AM

What's the point?

So I guess people will be driving out of SF to get their cell phones now.
point is next time you vote, dont vote for those idiots!
next thing those losers will be putting warning label on knife! "object is sharp, might cut yourself!"
Have you seen the warning labels they put on candles these days? It's like they compressed a Fire Safety book onto a label. It's a CANDLE, not a Flamethrower!
This should not be looked at as a bug, but as features.

Jun 17, 2010, 12:17 AM

"We demand...

..to be warned about a danger than has been neither established nor enumerated."

OK, we'll print "1.2" on the boxes, as if it means anything to you.
SS EarlGoodman

Jun 16, 2010, 4:05 PM

Just one more reason to stay the Hell out of SF

Let's put a bubble around SF and call it a day. It can be like that movie the Village or whatever it was called.

On a more serious note, this reminds me of that South Park episode "Smug Alert" damn douche bags getting high on their own farts.
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