U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) recently introduced a federal law that will require warning labels on cellphones telling of the amount of radiation they emit. The law will also create a national research program dedicated to studying cell phone radiation levels.
The bill, named the Cell Phone Right to Know Act, also requires the Envrionmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide updated standards on the specific absorption rate, or the amount of radio frequency energy that is absorbed by the body when using a cell phone.
"It took decades for scientists to be able to say for sure that smoking caused cancer," Kucinich said. "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. 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."
He added that as long as there is a chance of increasing cancer risks or reproductive problems from cell phone use, Americans have the right to know the radiation levels emitted by their cell phones.
One recent study indicated that only 30 minutes of cell phone use per day was associated with a 40 percent increased risk of a brain tumor named glioma. That risk goes up to 96 percent if the phone is mainly used in one ear.