Australië: Ook hier waarschuwingen op mobieltjes zoals bij pakjes cigaretten? (Upd. +aanv)

dinsdag, 05 januari 2010 - Categorie: Berichten Internationaal

Ook in Australië gaan stemmen op om (net zoals onlangs ook voorgesteld in Maine)
mobieltjes verplicht te labelen met een sticker waarop een waarschuwing staat voor de mogelijke gezondheidsschade van mobiele telefonie. Het wetsvoorstel van de democratische afgevaardigde uit Maine, Andrea Boland, zal naar verwachting van de telecomindustrie een golf van ongerustheid veroorzaken.


Gerelateerde berichten:
Berichten%20Nederland/925 (Zweedse onderzoek uit 2006)
Berichten%20Nederland/4327 (Maine)

Bron: Sydney Morning Herald 4 jan 2009

From The Age newspaper (Melbourne)

Push for cigarette-like warnings on mobiles

DAMIEN MURPHY

A move by legislators in the US state of Maine to require brain-cancer
warnings on mobile phones is expected to trigger a worldwide response,
the Australian industry has said.

A Democrat state representative, Andrea Boland, wants new mobile
phones to carry health warnings like those on cigarettes and is
pushing ahead with the legislation despite a lack of scientific
consensus.

The Australian industry expects a wave of concern when the legislation
is debated this month.

Ms Boland said she understood that radiation from mobile phones
increased the risk of brain cancer, especially for those under 18, and
her opinion was reinforced by a 2006 study by the Swedish National
Institute for Working Life showing a correlation between brain tumours
and heavy mobile phone use.

''The main thing is that the warning labels get on there, and when
people go to purchase something they have a heads-up that they need to
really think about it,'' Ms Boland said.

''This is a big important industry, and it's a small modification to
assure people that they should handle them properly.''

Randal Markey, the manager of communications for the Australian Mobile
Telecommunications Association, said it was understandable that people
would have concerns about mobile phones because of their experience
with health controversies such as tobacco and asbestos.

''We do not expect everyone to accept our assurances about mobile phone
safety,'' he said.

''Our industry relies on the expert opinion of international health
agencies for an overall assessment of health and safety issues.

''There is no established evidence that radio frequency exposure within
internationally accepted safety limits causes adverse health effects.''

The World Health Organisation's Interphone study, a decade-long
investigation into the health implications of mobile phone use,
remains unpublished.

In 2005 WHO said studies had found ''no convincing evidence of an
increased cancer risk'' from mobile phones or their towers.

Mr Markey said if people were concerned, there were practical steps
that could reduce exposure including using a hands-free kit or
loudspeaker, text messages and limiting the length or number of calls.

In Australia there are more than 22 million mobile phones.

In the 11 months until November, more than 8.35 million handsets were
brought into Australia - down slightly on 2007's record 9.3 million -
and although some were slated for distribution around the Pacific,
most were for sale here.

Voor het origineel bericht in de Sidney Morning Herald zie:
www.smh.com.au/digital-life/mobiles/push-for-cigarettelike-warnings-on-mobiles-20100104-lnvo.html .

Voor het originele bericht (over het wetsvoorstel in Maine) in de New York Times zie het bijgevoegde PDF bestand:

Bekijk het PDF bestand


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