SF Passes Cell Phone Radiation Law

Stores must display details on radiation levels

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 16, 2010 1:20 AM CDT

(Newser) – San Francisco has become the first city in the nation to pass a law warning consumers about cell phone radiation. Stores selling the phones will be required to display information on how much radiation each model emits. The law passed the city's board of supervisors 10-1, despite stiff opposition from the cell phone industry, which says there's no evidence showing cell phones are dangerous.

The law will make consumers believe that "some phones are safer than others,“ complained a spokesman for a cell phone industry group. City officials say the law's all about the consumer's right to know. "This is not about telling people not to use cellphones,” a spokesman for Mayor Gavin Newsom tells the New York Times. “Nobody loves his iPhone more than Mayor Newsom.”

Cell phone retailers in San Francisco will be required to display radiation statistics starting next year.
Cell phone retailers in San Francisco will be required to display radiation statistics starting next year.   (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
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