Depressing yet true

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I’ve just read an interesting story on CNET US that is discussing the news that the state of Maine is deciding to put warning stickers on all mobile phones to be sold in shops across the state.

The story leads with this paragraph, which, effectively, sums up the whole piece: “Although there is no conclusive proof that mobile phones cause cancer, a Maine legislator wants to require all mobile phones sold in the state to carry warnings that say mobile phones may do so”. “Although there is no conclusive proof” – so WHY do it then?!

I find this bizarre – nearly everything causes cancer these days, and we all already know about it, so why strike more fear into people by putting warning stickers on phones, when it’s not even proven! Smoking, sure, I get that, but phones? The world’s going mad!

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3 Responses to “Depressing yet true”

  1. Conan Troutman Says:

    I remember seeing a newspaper headline over here in the UK (I think it was the Sun) that read “Facebook Gives You Cancer”
    Hasnt been disproved yet though.

  2. @willoconnor Says:

    That cancer story’s always been a witch-hunt – the Daily Hate has a standard batch if rants they roll out about 3G handsets and basestatioms meat schools. All unqualified so far.

    But… Not sure who it is (I can’t read the deck from my phone) but a couple of senior industry bods are predicting we’ll see our first proven case of phone-related cancer before 2020 – http://www.slideshare.net/rudydw/mobile-trends-2020. Slightly concerning. Brilliant deck though. Well worth a read.

  3. Nick Says:

    Well there’s no “conclusive proof” about global warming, but people still want to have big conferences about how to save the world. It’s a real problem that science isn’t impartial anymore. Too many scientists have axes to grind to get funding and publicity.

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