If Dennis Kucinich has his way, your next cell phone could come with a warning label informing you that it may expose you to radiation. The congressman introduced a federal law yesterday called the Cell Phone Right to Know Act, which would require the warning labels, create a research program to study radiation levels in cell phones, and require the EPA to update its standards for the amount of radio frequency energy your body absorbs while using a cell phone. San Francisco has a similar law, which is currently being appealed by the wireless industry, CNET notes.
"It took decades for scientists to be able to say for sure that smoking caused cancer. During those decades, the false impression created by industry supporters was that there was no connection between smoking and cancer, a deception which cost many lives," Kucinich says in a statement. "While we wait for scientists to sort out the health effects of cell phone radiation, we must allow consumers to have enough information to choose a phone with less radiation."