From now on cellular users will be told the amount of radiation emitted by their phones.
The leading cellular industry trade group, the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA), has ordered wireless phone makers to tell the public how much radiation their phones emit.
Beginning Aug. 1, the information, known as Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), will be printed on cell phone boxes and also in instruction booklets.
The issue of whether cell phones cause cancer has been hotly debated for years by the scientific community, in the courts and in the governmental agencies responsible for public health issues.
Various cellular phone makers have been sued for allegedly causing health problems. But no such case against a cell phone maker has prevailed.
More than 82 million Americans use cell phones, according to CTIA.
by Virginia Sutcliffe