Cell Phones Are the New Cigarettes
Government must issue warning, as it did with smokes in the '60s
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2010 1:55 PM CDT
A health risk?   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

(Newser) – It's time for the government to warn the public about the potential dangers of cell phones, much as it did with cigarettes in the 1960s, writes Joel Moskowitz. We don't have definitive proof yet, but quality studies point to a "harmful association between phone use and tumor risk," the Berkeley doctor writes in the San Francisco Chronicle. The government should "require health warnings and publicize simple steps to reduce the health risks of cell phone use."

There's precedent for such a move, he argues. "In 1965, although there was no scientific consensus about the harmful effects of cigarettes, Congress required a precautionary warning label on cigarette packages: 'Cigarette Smoking May Be Hazardous to Your Health.' More specific warnings were not required until 1984."

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rtgunlimited
Apr 29, 2010 3:42 PM CDT
Tumors I don't know. Texting while driving? Now that's a more realistic way a cell phone will kill you.
Box1Car
Apr 29, 2010 3:23 AM CDT
What's going on w/cell phones is a campaign to discourage usage based on "Safety Issues" of all sorts- Reason- there is evidence that Cell Phones create RFI with Cruise Controls thru 7" turn signal wire to act like an FM antenna conveying cell phone digits into cruise control cpu- When you dial 911 you also broadcast European distress signal of 112, interpreted by fuzzy logic of cpu as 112mph for Toyota to do Since Toyota is pushing designs of "drive-by-wire" they would be 1st auto maker to run into this debacle Simple solution is to discourage cell phone use, which is happening now as "Distracted cell phone use" Tumor risk is just another ploy to squelch cell phone use around cars- cell towers can cause RFI too. Gov't role in this is they do NOT want to bail out another car company- no one would buy Toyotas
dilutedvoice
Apr 29, 2010 3:21 AM CDT
Is there actual proof? I haven't heard of any announced in the news, but if somebody can cite some studies, I'd love to take a look. I myself rarely use my cell as a phone (I text, email, play games) but I'd be interested to hear about brain issues using them.