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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.”

Photo of Melanie Galyon

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


Flap Doodle 8 years ago

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

jonas_opines 8 years ago

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

nobody1793 8 years ago

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

Olympics 8 years ago

did someone listen to this american life this past weekend?

Paul R Getto 8 years 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?

Flap Doodle 8 years ago

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

Deja Coffin 8 years 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!!

Rae Hudspeth 8 years 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.

dogsandcats 8 years ago

The only thing NPR is good for is curing insomnia.

somedude20 8 years 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"

da2yl2on 8 years ago

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

Liberty275 8 years ago

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

James McGuire 8 years 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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