Slowly, opinions around the world about the potential harmful effects of electro-magnetic radiation are changing and legislation is starting to appear that will highlight the risks associated with using cell phones and other wireless devices.
In the US, the senate in the state of Oregon has introduced a bill that will require precautionary information on cell phones and cell phone packaging. The bill is the first of it's kind requiring non-thermal effects from cell phones to be openly discussed with the public.
Cell phones sold in the US and in most of the world are currently untested for and have no regulations for non-thermal effects.
Oregon's legislation was inspired by a brain cancer warning label entitled "The Children's Wireless Protection Act", introduced in 2010 in the state of Maine, and will require that a warning label be placed on the phone as well as its packaging by the product retailer.
The bill is in response to the growing number of studies that show a possible link between cell phone use and brain cancer, DNA and genetic damage, reproductive problems, dementia and other health problems.
Just this week scientists who study radiofrequency radiation from wireless technologies issued a scientific statement warning that exposure at levels now commonly found in the environment may be harming the development of children.
Pregnant women were also cautioned to avoid using wireless devices themselves and distance themselves from other users.
The Seletun Scientific Statement, published in Reviews on Environmental Health, recommended that lower limits be established for electromagnetic fields and wireless exposures, based on scientific studies reporting health impacts at much lower exposure levels.
Many researchers now believe the existing safety limits are inadequate to protect public health because they do not consider prolonged exposure to lower emission levels that are now widespread.