Today’s San Francisco Chronicle endorses State Senator Mark Leno’s proposed bill SB 1212 requiring retailers to list the levels of radiation emitted by wireless devices, leading its op-ed with this fact:
The cellular phone industry is fighting state legislation that would require retailers to list the levels of radiation emitted by wireless devices.
Alongside it is a letter to the editor from Dr. Joel Moscowitz, director of the Center for Family and Community Health in UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. Moscowitz calls on the government to warn consumers and provides some background on the debate over research studies on this issue:
We reviewed 23 case-control studies that examined tumor risk due to cell phone use. Although as a whole the data varied, among the 10 higher quality studies, we found a harmful association between phone use and tumor risk. The lower quality studies, which failed to meet scientific best practices, were primarily industry funded.
Sunroom Desk’s archive includes a report on San Francisco and California’s legislative efforts to warn consumers about radiation dangers from cell phone use, and a report on a past attempt, ten years ago, by then State Senator Tom Hayden to pass a California consumer information bill about cell phone technology.