Keeping cellphones too close could be harmful to your health

An FCC recommendation prompts Berkeley, Calif. to require warnings about radiation

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Cell phone use is so prevalent, many of us even sleep with our phones. “It’s like next to my pillow because that’s where it charges,” said Buff State student Jordan Cuddahee.

But according to the FCC, keeping our phones too close to us could be harmful.

The FCC suggests phones should be around 25 millimeters, or an inch away from us to limit radiation exposure, which some experts say could lead to cancer. This recommendation prompted Berkley, California to adopt a city ordinance, the “Right to Know Act.”

It requires phone sellers to post warning labels, informing customers of the dangers.

News 4 asked people in Western New York if a label would make them change their habits.

“Probably not to be perfectly honest because that’s been said about so many things and there hasn’t really been any proof about anything,” Buff State senior Alexandra Agostinelli told News 4.

“Yeah, if it was tested and they showed like facts, yeah,” Cuddahee said.

The science behind these warning is still being debated; the FCC and the American American Academy of Pediatrics are convinced the radiation could be harmful, but the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society say more research is needed.

There might be some truth to it but we won’t know until many many years in the future,” Agostinelli told News 4.

Several other states have considered similar warnings in the past, but if this ordinance is implemented, California will be the first to see it through.

The people News 4 spoke to said they don’t anticipate Buffalo adopting a similar ordinance, but they said they might start wearing headphones, just in case. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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