Governments, businesses spar on cancer-cellphone link

PENNSYLVANIA (WKBN) – Sometimes pausing to look at the health risks of things you use on a daily basis goes by the wayside, especially when it comes to cellphone technology.

Danielle Morabito finds her smart phone very useful.

“Quite often I use it for both work get a hold of husband, a hold of kids, a hold of mother,” Morabito said.

According to the Pew Research Center, six out of 10 adults have a smart phone, up from 35 percent in 2011.

“Constantly have it on me, constantly checking my emails with it, constantly on it,” Morabito said.

As the use of smart phones continues to increase, so do the studies linking cellphones and cancer.

“I’m sure there’s something else to it if they’re doing studies on it,” Morabito said.

Six states have tried passing laws that would require cellphone carriers to put labels on their products warning people about possible links to usage and cancer.

Pennsylvania lawmakers tried and failed to pass the “right to know” cell phone law in 2011.

One reason you don’t see the warning labels on your cellphones in Pennsylvania now is because of the lobbyists who made it too difficult for the lawmakers to pass that bill into law.

“Big business is always going to do what’s best for big business,” Morabito said. “And unfortunately, normal people get caught in the crossfire, so it doesn’t surprise me, no.”

City council in Berkeley, California is looking to become the first city in the country to require the warning labels.

Cellphone users in Pennsylvania say companies should have the warning labels on packages if cancer is a concern.

“If it has to do with the public, put it on there. Let me decide. At least i know what’s going on there,” cellphone user William Cook said.

The Federal Communications Commission recommends keeping your phone 5 to 25 millimeters away from your body to prevent exposure.