San Francisco's Cell-Phone Warning Gains Strength

City commission prepares to vote on attaching radiation labels to cell phone sales

By Sajid Farooq
|  Thursday, Jan 21, 2010  |  Updated 12:45 PM PDT
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San Francisco's Cell-Phone Warning Gains Strength

Cell phone warnings could become a reality in San Francisco.

Cell-phone safety is so important to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom that he dragged his young daughter into the debate.

And San Francisco appears to be listening to his heartfelt plea to become the first city in the nation to require radiation warning labels to be added to cell phones sold in city limits.

Newsom said he threw his weight behind the measure after thinking about his wife and daughter -- whom he has otherwise tried to keep out of the public eye.

The Commission on the Environment’s policy committee last month endorsed a plan to detail the level of radiation users will be exposed to when talking on a cell phone.

Under their measure it would also require city-run schools to educate both parents and students about the potential dangers of phone and it would become illegal to promote cell phones on school grounds.

That would be good news for Montana Tessa Newsom when she is old enough to go to school (and if she happens to go to a public institution.)

Next week the City's Environment Commission will meet to vote on the resolution.

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