In June, 2010 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors made history by being the first city in the nation to take action on the critical issue of cell phone radiation and the fact that it is related to development of certain brain tumors. After barely making it by many committees and intense deliberation the board passed the ordinance by a vote of 10-1! Then Mayor Newsom signed it into law and San Francisco was admired for this move around the world. France then passed the same legislation nationwide. Unfortunately the CTIA- wireless association sued the city and county of San Francisco over this ordinance in July and pulled future conventions from the city (they previously held their annual convention in San Francisco). The Mayor and the media said this was extortion and this city could not be bought. The ordinance is nicknamed the right to know ordinance as it was merely going to give consumers the right to know information concerning safe use, which the industry is already hiding in the box in tiny print which few read. All manuals are now stating that in order not to exceed FCC exposure limits one must never hold the phone directly to the body. For example the Blackberry says to keep the device .98 inches from the body , especially the lower abdomen of a teenager and the abdomen of a pregnant woman. The iphone says to hold the phone at least 5/8 of an inch from the body. So, the CTIA is bullying the entire nation with its tactics in San Francisco. Bravo San Francisco Board of Supervisors for caring about your citizens right to know to make informed choices for themselves and their families at point of sale. This is America, no? Apparently not. The CTIA has now changed their lawsuit to allege that posting anything about this will violate the retailer's first amendment rights! And what about the rights of citizens? Cell phones emit radiation, studies have proven that with extended use there is a significant increase in one's risk, greatly higher if you start using one as a child. 75% of 10 year olds in the United States own a cell phone. 10 months later with implementation delayed, the city attorneys have been holding closed door meetings with the Board of Supervisors and this law may end up being repealed as they are afraid they may lose to this first amendment allegation. It is highly doubtful from other legal counsel we have asked that the CTIA first amendment claim will hold up in court. We need to implore upon the Board of Supervisors to amend (per language from their wonderful Dept. of Environment) to AMEND, NOT REPEAL. They cannot let this $4 trillion industry continue their lies and manipulation. With the release of the recent NIH Volkow study any judge will see right through this despicable industry. They know cell phones are killing people (as young as 25) and they care more about their bottom line and about their retailer's first amendment rights than they do about their costumer's lives! San Francisco must continue to be the city that cannot be bought and sets a shining example for the rest of the world. This is a simple disclosure ordinance similar to posting calories and food content. Shame on the CTIA -perhaps they want to keep this quiet because they were denied liability insurance. I know the victims- there are many- this will catch up with this industry sooner than later.
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