An Act To Create the Children's Wireless Protection Act
Sec. 1. 22 MRSA c. 261-B is enacted to read:
CHILDREN'S WIRELESS PROTECTION ACT
§ 1537. Short title
This chapter may be known and cited as "the Children's Wireless Protection Act."
§ 1538. Warning labels for cellular telephones
"WARNING: Federal health safety standards have yet to be established for nonthermal effects of cellular telephone radiation, which have been identified as reasons for health safety concerns, such as brain tumors."
The requirements of this subsection may not result in a cost to the retailer of cellular telephones. Manufacturers of cellular telephones must provide the labeling required under this subsection to the retailers at no cost.
"ADVISORY: Cellular telephones should be used with care.
1. Federal health safety standards have yet to be established for nonthermal effects of cellular telephone radiation.
2. Nonthermal effects of cellular telephone radiation have been identified as reasons for health safety concerns, such as brain tumors, fertility issues and other consequences of genetic damage.
3. Avoid contact with head and body.
4. Avoid proximity to reproductive organs.
5. Limit use by children.
6. Pregnant women should avoid use."
This bill provides that a retailer may not sell at retail in this State a cellular telephone unless, at no cost to the Maine retailer, the cellular telephone and its packaging bear a warning label relating to the potential health effects associated with nonthermal effects of cellular telephone radiation. It requires the manufacturer of the cellular telephone to provide the warning labels to the retailer at no cost to the retailer. This bill also requires the retailer to post a sign where cellular telephones are displayed warning of potential health risks associated with the use of cellular telephones. A violation of this provision is a violation of the Maine Unfair Trade Practices Act.