Monday, April 29, 2013

Press Release; Maine Re-Introduces Cell Phone Warning Label Bill.


Contact info: Rep. Andrea Boland 207-324-4459,
Bill Sponsor:, Liz Barris

Cell Phone Warning Label Bill to be Re-Introduced Based on World Health
Organization, Cell Phone Use/Brain Cancer Advisory:

In the face of mounting evidence of increased risk for malignant brain
tumors with cell phone use, including a recent Italian court case that was
won proving cell and cordless phone use was the cause of a man's brain tumor
and the banning of sales and advertising of cell phones to children in the
country of Belgium, Rep. Andrea Boland (D) Maine, re-introduces The Children's
Wireless Protection Act, a legislative bill to inform Maine consumers of the
possible health risks associated with cell phone use.

The bill would require retailers to provide an informational flyer at point
of purchase stating the following:

1. 'The World Health Organization, International Agency for Research on
Cancer has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly
carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B), based on an increased risk for glioma, a
malignant type of brain cancer, associated with wireless phone use... This
has relevance for public health, particularly for users of mobile phones, as
the number of users is large and growing, particularly among young adults
and children.' World Health Organization press release, May 31, 2011

2. Manufacturers' manuals provide guidance to avoid direct contact with head
and body and commentary on ways to reduce excessive exposure, if you choose,
such as:
A. Limiting use by children;
B. Keeping away from reproductive organs; and
C. Operating with a wired headset."

The bill would also require retailers to label cell phones at point of
purchase with stickers stating the following:

"This device emits radiofrequency electromagnetic fields. Avoid direct

Additional verbiage on cell phone packaging would state:

"For the Safety of You and Your Family, Please Read Guidance for Use"

Univ. of Maine economists and Maine businesses alike also see passage of the
bill as a potential business advantage in the opening of new markets and
revenue streams in cell phone remediation devices.

Rep. Boland feels the time has come for the passage of this protective bill
to give Maine constituents fair warning of the very serious and potentially
lethal ramifications of cell phone use.

Full text of the bill can be found at:

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