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Cellphones differ in how much radiation they emit. Proposals in a few states would force cellphone stores to display these radiation ratings.
But CTIA-The Wireless Association, the cellphone industry trade group, is fighting these moves. It says there's no evidence the measured ratings have any correlation with risks. And cellphone manufacturers and carriers are showing no sign of breaking ranks with each other to use the ratings to their advantage -- for instance, by touting "low-radiation phones."
Spokesman John Walls said CTIA wouldn't fight a manufacturer that wanted to market a "low-radiation phone." But claiming a phone to be safer than any other would cross the line, he said.
"They're all deemed safe by science," Walls said.
Americans on average talk about 700 minutes a month on their cellphones, making them some of the most talkative people in the world, well ahead of Europeans.
In San Francisco, Chuck Luter, 42, said he doesn't plan to change his habits as a result of the radiation warning. When the advertising-shoot prop stylist talks on his Sidekick phone, he usually uses the speakerphone, so it's not close to his head.
And in any case, he texts more than he talks. Besides, he added, there are few alternatives to owning a cellphone.
"What are the other options? To not have one? To try to keep it all in your head? There are so many bad things for you -- just add this to the pile."
Peter Svensson can be reached at http://twitter.com/petersvensson.
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