In opposition to the wireless industry’s legal violation of mobile phone safety laws throughout the world, all those concerned about health issues from the California Brain Tumor Association and Stop Smart Meters have put out health warnings on cell phones on sale in Verizon’s Market St. store, San Francisco. The labels were removed by the store management, but they did not report this to the police as potential arrests would bring the health issue into the lime light. The company was further ridiculed when one of its employees put the health warning label on his personal cell phone to show aggressiveness against the company’s act of not disclosing the health information.
A “right to know” law was passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 2011, regarding the provision of a fact sheet by the cell phone retailers for the consumers, when they purchase a cell phone, along with the World Health Organization classification and the manufacturer’s own language concealed in the cell phone. A manual was also to be provided to the consumers that would inform the consumers about maintaining a distance of 5/8 inch between themselves and the cell phone, while it was turned on. The Wireless Association (CTIA) took legal action against the city and no longer held their conferences in San Francisco. They believed that this “forced speech” was violating the company’s First Amendment rights. “Their behavior makes me even more concerned as to what they are hiding,” says Mayor Newsom. Even though the city did not lose the case, the Board of Supervisors were forced to revoke the law under the guidance of Mayor Lee. This meant that customers would be left in the dark regarding their mobile phone radiation’s health consequences.
A cell phone labeling law was passed by the state of Maine last month. The CTIA crowded the halls of Augusta Capitol the very next day. After the bill went for being stamped, a lot of legislators changed their votes and the already passed bill was killed. A short time ago, the State Senator and Dr. Josh Green received a cell phone labeling bill in Hawaii, which the state Health Committee passed. Then, this bill was passed to Sen. Roz Baker of Maui who not only showed no interest in hearing it, but also declined it. In the same week, she refused hearing the GMO labeling bill. Mark Leo, California’s State Senator has been unable to execute the cell phone labeling bill in California and the industry contributions to state Senators have shut it down. Those cities and states that have attempted legislation have received threatening letters from CTIA pertaining legal action.
Brain tumour is not the only outcome of radiation, but breast cancer, leukemia, salivary gland tumours, damage to fetuses, sperm damage and an increased chance of autism and electro-hypersensitivity are also caused by it. The American Academy of Pediatrics stated in 2013, “Current FCC standards do not account for the unique vulnerability and use patterns specific to pregnant women and children. It is essential that any new standards for cell phones and other wireless devices be based on protecting the youngest and most vulnerable population to ensure they are safeguarded throughout their lifetimes.” All types of wireless radiation, even from smart meters has been included in the WHO classification. 15 more nations are working in an attempt to deal with the consequences of wireless radiation that endangers health. On the other hand, US is indifferent to this matter and is letting Americans to be negatively affected by it.
A letter to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration from the US Department of Interior in February, mentioned the studies that had displayed the effects on protected migratory birds from cell tower radiation. The letter reads, “the electromagnetic radiation standards used by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continue to be based on thermal heating, a criterion now early 30 years out of date and inapplicable today.” These guidelines are interrelated with the harmful health implications in humans.
In 2008, Ellen Mark’s husband fell victim to cell phone related brain tumor. She said, “Cell phones were never pre-market tested for safety. My husband and thousands of others have developed cancer because of industry greed. FCC Chair Wheeler buried the truth about the risks of cell phones and now families are burying the dead. I am outraged that hones legislators throughout the US are being shut down by the majority who put campaign contributions ahead of the health and safety of their constituents concerning a radiation emitting device used daily, even by children. Getting the hidden warnings, which tell people to limit their use and carry them away from their body, to the consumer at the point of sale should not be this difficult! This madness must stop.” Mark, not only testified to Congress, but also worked on a federal cell phone ‘Right to know law’ and other laws in numerous cities and states which were never put into action despite being largely supported.
The Director of the grassroots group Stop Smart Meters, Josh Hart says, “Our labeling action is on behalf of the people of the City of San Francisco and those everywhere being harmed by wireless radiation. We will not sit idly by while the wireless industry takes advantage of a population that remains largely unaware of these deadly serious health risks. Placing warning labels on wireless devices is a reasonable and long overdue public health measure delayed by the collusions between government and industry. The cell phone and ‘smart’ grid industries are covering up the health risks from their products and people lack the information necessary to determine safe exposure levels for themselves and their families. Families are not only being evicted by tech-related gentrification, they are increasingly being subjected to serious health risks, even toxically evicted by the tech industry’s microwave radiation. The situation is unacceptable and intolerable, and these actions will continue until the industry ceases fighting reasonable, fact-based health warnings on their products.”