• March 1st, 2012
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A bill requiring all mobile phones in Israel to come with a health warning has been passed.

The bill, sponsored by MK Dov Khenin of Hadash and Yulia Shamalov Berkovich of Kadima, will also require mobile phone advertisements to carry the warning, which will read: “Warning – the Health Ministry cautions that heavy use and carrying the device next to the body may increase the risk of cancer, especially among children.”

In Israel, where there are 9 million phones for a population of 7 million, all advertising targeting minors would be banned under the law, and breaking the law would be a criminal offense.

Khenin add  it incumbent on the government to bring the possible risks to the public’s awareness, given the supposed “worrying results” from a number of Israeli and international studies. However, the new law will no doubt face heavy criticism, given that there’s no scientific proof of risks being advertised.

The Forum of Cellular Companies responded that they adhere to all the safety directives handed down by the Health Ministry and Environmental Protection Ministry. “Beyond that, we believe that new initiatives and recommendations in the areas of public health and safety should be handed down by the professionals in these areas, based on the scientific knowhow in Israel and the world.”

[Source: Haaretz