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Should cell phones be sold with a health warning label?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on April 30, 2010

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Photo of Josh Kaufman

“No, I don’t think so … there is research out there, but there is always a risk with anything.”

Photo of Kyle Downard

“I believe so … they supposedly cause brain tumors, and just driving around talking on them is not a good idea.”

Photo of Amanda Sieg

“If there is no real (medical) proof that it causes any harm, I don’t see any point in scaring people right now.”

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“I believe they should. I’ve had friends with brain cancer, one of them now dead.”

Comments

James McGuire 3 years, 11 months ago

All fast food and soda is more deserving of a health warning label than cellular phones.

Cell phones that enhance their search for a network in low signal areas put out more radiation, but that increase in radiation has not been linked to any health problem.

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CWGOKU 3 years, 11 months ago

Moderation in everything. Except Spacehog's bar tab.

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Liberty275 3 years, 11 months ago

Everything should have a warning label because enough of anything will kill you.

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da2yl2on 3 years, 11 months ago

well while they are at it, please slap some warning labels on the outside of bags containing greasy fast food

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

I like it, somedude. Bob would be in big trouble without Tony, the leader of the band. Here's another good one. http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2009/08/bob_dylan_stopped_by_long_bran.html

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somedude20 3 years, 11 months ago

For the Hog: One day last summer, Bob and Tony decided to take the bikes out for a spin before a show. They were having a blast, until suddenly, and w/o warning, Dylan's bike stopped working. They tried everything, but couldnt get it to start again. Since the idea of Bob clinging to Tony's back for 60+ miles back to the venue was simply out of the question for both parties, they pushed the bike back to the little town they'd just passed, and took it to a mechanic's. The mechanic only had one other vehicle to finish first, so he suggested they try the little restaurant at the other end of the block. So they did. It was nice to be out of the sun a minute. Tony had a tuna sandwich and Bob had the fish and chips. After eating, they went back to the mechanic's. -Did you get a chance to look at it? Bob asks. - It looks like you just blew a seal, was the mechanic's reply.

Bob reached up and wiped the corners of his mouth. "Nah, thats tartar sauce"

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

I like it, Ret. That host sounds pissed! BTW all, don't take Fox News, Glenn Beck, Anne Coulter, etc. seriously. It's just a bunch of All Star Wrestling, role playing nonsense. As hard as he tries, Glen Beck is not a raving right wing lunatic. When his show first aired, I saw a really cool interview with Danny Bonaduce. They were comparing coke-addiction stories, and man, Glenn used to be a total cokehead. Anne Coulter has dated and was engaged to some far out hippies. She's also a Dead Head(fan of the Grateful Dead). And didn't Bill O'Reilly used to host Inside Edition? C'mon, it's all about ratings and $$$.

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

The only person who's made good use of cell phones is Naomi Campbell. She's thrown about 12 of them at her hired help. Her hair is definitely on fire.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 11 months ago

space,

You should listen to 12.160MHz AM from 11 am to 1pm. OR you could stream it here on the interwebs http://gcnlive.com/ListenLive/windowsmediafreeNtwk2.asx

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

The only, only thing I like about my cell phone is I set it on vibrate and sit on it. I call myself all day. It feels kinda good.

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

I ALWAYS wear my bluetooth. I don't even know how to use it but it makes me feel important. If I'm with a really hip crowd I tell them I'm listening to NPR or Garrison Keillor. And I snap my fingers instead of clap. Cool, Daddy-o!

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

Sometimes I listen to NPR on my cell phone while I'm working on my compost heap. Man, that thing stinks! Who's idea was that anyway, Wavy Gravy?

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dogsandcats 3 years, 11 months ago

The only thing NPR is good for is curing insomnia.

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

I agree with snap. Plus, I think you need an underground ham radio to listen to NPR. A good question for the Merc: Do you listen to NPR? The suspense is kiling me.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 11 months ago

Then how far from the twins is a safe distance?

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CWGOKU 3 years, 11 months ago

I was having a good day good day, I took today off to get ready for a party tonight that we are having and Tom has to go and mention Obama and damper my mood...

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Rae Hudspeth 3 years, 11 months ago

Quite frankly, if any of you read your owner's manual, you'd find that they are sold with warnings.
There are specific instructions for how close to the body it should be held/carried/attached.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 11 months ago

Where's the warning label about carpal tunnel syndrome? Cell phones need to be front and center on the dangerous list!

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/teen-carpal-tunnel-texting/story?id=10146773

Oh my goodness! Oh goody gumdrops!! BTW, Obama is on the TV *again over my shoulder, touting his wonderful new GDP numbers. Oh happy day. Obama just loooooves that camera. stomach churns*

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Deja Coffin 3 years, 11 months ago

I'd rather them come out with a book on cell phone etiquette and give it to every person who purchases a cell phone. I have so many pet peeves when it comes to people and cell phones, especially when it comes to texting!!

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 11 months ago

I keep mine in my front pocket. I hope the boys are OK.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 11 months ago

"Should cell phones be sold with a health warning label?"

Oh yeah sure. As long as some (more) bureaucrats somewhere can have a job to further control our lives, sure---go for it. Label my TP, my steering wheel, my silverware, TV, shoes....label everything. Give some poor sucker a gubment job.

"Red" in 'The Shawshank Redemption" kinda references this in this scene-----roughly halfway into the video......

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75x55 3 years, 11 months ago

Well, I'm good either way - I never answer my cell phone anyway, so it works out.

Used to have a pager in the day, but it was a pain, so I fixed it by taking the batteries out.

You just have to know how to deal with technology and it's effect on your quality of life.

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windchimes 3 years, 11 months ago

NO they should be illegal and we go back to radio wave phones.

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 11 months ago

NPR is the third leading cause of smug in America. It's only a few points behind the Prius and Apple computers.

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Paul R Getto 3 years, 11 months ago

There was an interesting piece on the radio about this. 75% of the studies funded by people who have a vested interest in the phone business say they are relatively harmless. 75% of the studies funded by groups who have no vested interest in phones conclude they may have some influence on the human body. It's wise to be careful and to not use them more than necessary, to keep them turned off while on or near your body and to use the speaker function when you can. In another context, imagine someone said to you: "Hold this microwave transmitter next to your ear several hours a day or put it next to your gonads and we'll see what it may do to you." One commentator noted we are conducting the largest experiment (uncontrolled) every know with the human race. The results will become evident in about a generation. It will be interesting. Perhaps, if we get lucky, the phones in pockets and purses will sterilize stupid people?

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BABBOY 3 years, 11 months ago

This would be one of those questions where some more information would have been nice.

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BABBOY 3 years, 11 months ago

Seems like a waste of a steak.

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CWGOKU 3 years, 11 months ago

Yes, The warning should be to my kids to quit texting at the dinner table or Dad will hit them with a T-Bone upside the head.

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Olympics 3 years, 11 months ago

did someone listen to this american life this past weekend?

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autie 3 years, 11 months ago

Funny you should ask that question R_I. I just answered that in another part of the world. I really don't care about cell phones anyway. Why would they have a warning label unless someone was planning on hurling one to clock you upside the head? Rays? My head is so full of gamma radiation from the sun, a few phone airwaves ain't making any difference.

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nobody1793 3 years, 11 months ago

Caution: Cell phone may cause you to drive like a complete jackass. Do not use while operating heavy machinery.

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g_rock 3 years, 11 months ago

I think the bill is the only thing that needs a warning label.

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jonas_opines 3 years, 11 months ago

Oh, so that's what the spam looks like.

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 11 months ago

Life should come with a warning label. "You won't get out of this alive."

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 11 months ago

autie, Do you have any fashion influences? Tell us a secret.

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spacehog 3 years, 11 months ago

I guess. I bought one of those Blueberrys and it exploded and blew my ear off.

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