Links between cellphone use and cancer are still a subject of debate, but Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, wants phones to sport labels warning of potential danger.
On Monday Kucinich introduced the Cell Phone Right to Know Act, which would require companies to place warning labels on phones. The bill would also create a national program to study cellphones and health.
"Consumers have a right to know the radiation levels of cell phones and whether they are buying the phone with the lowest - or the highest - level of exposure to cell phone radiation," Kucinich said in a statement. "They also deserve to have up-to-date exposure standards that are put together by health professionals without conflicts of interest."
Studies have shown conflicting results. The World Health Organization concluded that cellphones are "possibly carcinogenic to humans" but the U.S. Federal Communications Commission determined there is "currently no scientific evidence establishes a causal link between wireless device use and cancer or other illnesses," and the Food and Drug Administration's position is that "the weight of scientific evidence has not linked cell phones with any health problems.
Still, Kucinich says new rules shouldn't wait for conclusive evidence.
"It took decades for scientists to be able to say for sure that smoking caused cancer," he said. "During those decades, the false impression created by industry supporters was that there was no connection between smoking and cancer, a deception which cost many lives."