San Francisco Loses Fight to Put Warnings on Phones
Industry sued to avoid listing potential radiation risks
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2013 2:23 PM CDT
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(Newser) – San Francisco is giving up its fight to become the first city in the US to require that cell phones come with warnings about the potential health risks of radiation, reports Reuters. The city tried to put such a law on the books in 2011, but the industry blocked it in court and then won again in federal appellate court. San Francisco officials say it would be too expensive to continue the legal battle and agreed this week to permanently revoke the ordinance.

Cell phone users shouldn't be upset, writes John Timmer at Ars Technica, who notes that all phones on the market must abide by FCC safety levels for radiation exposure. "Athough a number of small, preliminary studies have suggested potential dangers, larger, more comprehensive works indicate that any potential risks take decades to be felt, and cell phones simply haven't been in use long enough for us to know for sure," he writes.

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Nocturno
May 10, 2013 4:01 AM CDT
We all use cell phones today but I see no reasons to be against this warnings. People's health is of top priority and they deserve to familiarize themselves about all features, benefits and risks of a product they wish to use. The fact that companies fought that through a court proves that city officials have been right on this. Just as there are warnings on cigarets, there should be warnings on food and all other products because it's right and it's fair. After that every individual may decide what product to use or not. Congratulations to SF city officials on marvelous idea. People are becoming aware of need for healthy life and healthy environment which can be call any name but not bad thing.
finkster
May 9, 2013 7:30 PM CDT
"who notes that all phones on the market must abide by FCC safety levels for radiation exposure." Oh, good, now that the FCC says they must abide by safe levels of radiation exposure. I feel safe already....NOT!
Bieberforpres2016
May 9, 2013 5:22 PM CDT
It'll turn out that cell phones cause cancer once they have been around long enough, just like cigarettes were 'safe' back in the day.