Maine lawmaker wants cancer warnings on cell phones

A state lawmaker in Maine is trying to get the state's legislature to mandate that cell phones carry warnings that they may cause cancer, even though there is no scientific consensus on the issue. Maine would be the first state to impose such a mandate.

Rep. Andrea Boland (D-Sanford), said she had persuaded the legislature's leadership to hear her proposal in the next session, which begins in January. Her bill would require OEMs to place labels on phones and packaging warning of the potential for brain cancer due to radiation emitted from the phone.

The issue of whether cell phones pose a health risk is one that flares up from time to time. The FCC maintains that using mobile devices is safe and does not pose a public health risk. Additionally, the World Health Organization and the National Cancer Institute have said there is no conclusive evidence pointing to a link between mobile phone use and cancer.

For more:
- see this AP article
- see this CNET article

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