Cell phone radiation: Would labels help?


Last year, San Francisco tried without success to mandate cell phone radiation labeling in stores.

Last year, San Francisco tried without success to mandate cell phone radiation labeling in stores.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • WHO classifies radio frequency electromagnetic fields as a «group 2B» possible carcinogen
  • Group is catch-all category, and includes everything from carpentry to chloroform
  • Scientists aren’t sure how to communicate cell phone RF emissions to consumers
  • Specific absorption rate is the most commonly cited benchmark

Editor’s note: Amy Gahran writes about mobile tech for CNN.com. She is a San Francisco Bay Area writer and media consultant whose blog, Contentious.com, explores how people communicate in the online age.

(CNN) — Following the World Health Organization’s announcement that radio frequency emissions from cell phones may increase the risk of some kinds of brain cancer, what do you need to know about the radiation coming from your phone?

How can you protect yourself? And should RF emission information be listed on cell phone packaging, and in stores?

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