Health Advocates Affix Health Warning Labels to Cell Phones in San Francisco Verizon Store

Direct Action in Response to Heavy Handed Wireless Industry Crackdown on Democracy- Attacking City Ordinances and Cell Phone Labeling Efforts in Maine, Hawaii, and California

SAN FRANCISCO— Health advocates from the California Brain Tumor Association and Stop Smart Meters! have affixed health warning labels on cell phones for sale in Verizon’s Market St. store in San Francisco in defiance of the wireless industry’s legal bullying of cell phone safety ordinances across the nation. Store management removed the labels but did not summon police, possibly out of concern that potential arrests may highlight a health risk the industry would rather keep quiet.  Further embarrassing the company, one of its employees stuck one of the labels to his own phone in an apparent act of defiance against his employer’s suppression of health information regarding its products.

In 2011, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a “right to know” law requiring cell phone retailers in the city to issue at the point of sale a fact sheet to each consumer including the World Health Organization classification and the manufacturer’s own language hidden in the phone or manual instructing phone users to keep phones 5/8 inch away from the body at all times when turned on. The Wireless Association (CTIA) sued the city (saying such “forced speech” represented a breach of the company’s First Amendment rights) and withdrew its annual conferences from San Francisco like whiney cry-babies.  According to then Mayor Newsom, “their behavior makes me even more concerned as to what they are hiding.”  The City did not lose the lawsuit but under the leadership of tech friendly Mayor Lee the Board of Supervisors was coerced into repealing the law, leaving customers in the dark about the health effects of routine cell phone radiation exposure.

Last month the state of Maine passed a cell phone labeling law. The next day the CTIA swarmed the halls of the Augusta Capitol. When the bill went back for the typical rubber stamping, many legislators changed their votes and the bill that had passed was killed. In Hawaii recently State Senator and Dr. Josh Green got a cell phone labeling bill passed through the state Health Committee. It then went to Sen. Roz Baker of Maui who refused hearing the bill and killed it. She also refused hearing the GMO labeling bill the same week. California State Senator Mark Leno has also tried to enact a cell phone labeling bill in California and has been shut down by industry contributions to state Senators. Many cities and states have attempted legislation and all received threatening letters of litigation from the CTIA.

This radiation has been correlated not only with brain tumors but with breast cancer, leukemia, salivary gland tumors, damage to fetuses, damage to sperm, an increase in autism and electro-hypersensitivity. In 2013 the American Academy of Pediatrics stated “Current FCC standards do not account for the unique vulnerability and use patterns specific to pregnant women and children. It is essential that any new standards for cell phones and other wireless devices be based on protecting the youngest and most vulnerable population to ensure they are safeguarded throughout their lifetimes.” The WHO classification included all wireless radiation including that emitted by smart meters. At least 15 other nations have taken action concerning the negative health implications of wireless radiation while the U.S. does nothing to protect Americans.

In February the U.S. Department of Interior in a letter to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (pdf), cited studies showing detrimental effects from cell tower radiation on protected migratory birds and stated “the electromagnetic radiation standards used by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continue to be based on thermal heating, a criterion now nearly 30 years out of date and inapplicable today.”  Those same guidelines have been correlated with deleterious health effects in humans.

Ellen Marks, whose husband was diagnosed with a cell phone related brain tumor in 2008 said,

“Cell phones were never pre-market tested for safety. My husband and thousands of others have developed cancer because of industry greed. FCC Chair Wheeler buried the truth about the risks of cell phones and now families are burying the dead. I am outraged that honest legislators throughout the U.S. are being shut down by the majority who put campaign contributions ahead of the health and safety of their constituents concerning a radiation emitting device used daily, even by children. Getting the hidden warnings, which tell people to limit their use and carry them away from their body, to the consumer at the point of sale should not be this difficult! This madness must stop.”

Marks has testified to Congress and worked on a federal cell phone Right to Know law and laws in many cities and states which, even when successful, were never enacted.

According to Josh Hart, Director of the grassroots group Stop Smart Meters!:

“Our labeling action is on behalf of the people of the City of San Francisco and those everywhere being harmed by wireless radiation.  We will not sit idly by while the wireless industry takes advantage of a population that remains largely unaware of these deadly serious health risks.  Placing warning labels on wireless devices is a reasonable and long overdue public health measure delayed by the collusion between government and industry.  The cell phone and ‘smart’ grid industries are covering up the health risks from their products and people lack the information necessary to determine safe exposure levels for themselves and their families. The situation is unacceptable and intolerable, and these actions will continue until the industry ceases fighting reasonable, fact-based warnings regarding increasingly serious health risks posed by overuse of wireless technology.”

Media outlets are free to use footage of this demonstration with reference to StopSmartMeters.Org and the CA Brain Tumor Association. 

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5 Responses to Health Advocates Affix Health Warning Labels to Cell Phones in San Francisco Verizon Store

  1. Paul H says:

    Oh, that video was hilarious!

  2. Robert says:

    thank God these people are standing up to these corporate Amerikkan terroristas!

    • CiCi says:

      Honesty is the best bet. Why wouldnt the cell phone makers want there customers to know of the dangers of their product? strange!!!

      I wouldn’t stop buying a cell phone, but use it properly. A label that informs
      is a great idea 🙂

      save the world!

  3. wow,great work!!! says:



    people can do mass hand out/place flyers, warning cards in parking lots on car windows (in front of electronic
    stores, etc), or libraries, airports and airport terminals, wi-fi cafes, etc. there are
    also services you can hire like errand services (for $10-15 and up) to do this
    kind of work – for bigger jobs.
    would like to see SSM health advocates do a spot in the airport – interviewing ipeople waiting at the airport – most of them are idling on their cancerphones, cancer tablets, etc … and
    the next person.

    the microwave cancer radiation phones in public have got to go. and the cell towers, along with the
    chem spraying in the air, is very possibly and evidentually contributing to man-made weather changes and Drought in California. if wi-fi is toxic and destructive enough to
    cause cancer mutations in human cellular structure, dna, and genes, then
    what effect are these grids, towers, satellites having on the living atmosphere that support human beings and Life
    here on Mother Earth? are smart(dumb)grids an integral part of the cause of current
    climate damage? it’s toxic harmful frequency damaging the Ozone layers?

    yes, smartmeters and smart grids, wi-fi cell towers are CANCER, AUTOIMMUNE, HEALTH DESTROYING GRIDS and FORCED – towards women, men, children, elders, animals and the green life that sustain Grandmother Earth. There are many people, many races, many cultures, many hearts, many different ways, but we only have ONE blue planet, one Earth
    the insensitives seem to overlook that they live on too – missing the big picture.

    We are getting very, very tired of being forced to electrical – dirty technology toxins everywhere – it’s totally not sustainable anymore. Look around our Green Life,
    and populations of Animal Life missing.

    It’s only been several years since so it is never too late to turn back. And never
    too late to command some accountability – to clean up the mess and being the healing.

    This can no longer be ignored. We, electrosensitives have and will make our
    Right and create local iniatives, laws to protect the rights of ElectroSensitives
    under Health Freedom Acts.

    Applause for Josh and the health advocate teams and taking things into your own Hands, Great Power, and Direction!! Inspiring !!!

    Since the insensitives refuse and ignore to do what is wanted amidst public outcry, it seems more and more, many
    are taking things in their own hands.

    You can’t FORCE cancer and radiation onto
    anyone for too long.

    Electrosensitive human beings HAVE SPOKEN and this won’t be the last time.


    “Community Rights educator Paul Cienfuegos explains how “We The People” are exercising the authority to govern ourselves and dismantle corporate rule. When small farmers in rural Pennsylvania wanted to say “no” to a corporate factory farm coming into their community, they learned they couldn’t, because it would violate the corporation’s “rights” and state pre-emption laws. So they did something technically illegal – their town passed an innovative ordinance banning corporate factory farming. It worked!

    The corporation left town. Pittsburgh upshifted the approach: Rather than define what we don’t want, define what we DO want. Their “Right to Water” stopped natural gas fracking in the city.

    Ordinances like this have been passed in over 150 communities in 9 states. Tune in to learn how this works. Episode 258. [,, YouTube channel “Community Rights TV” and]”

    (nullification in freedom movement!)

    Is it possible to Nullify and Overturn laws that protect the utility companies,
    cell phone laws, Unconstitutional wi-fi-smartdumb grids, etc??

  4. I love this hilarious yet important wake up call of activism. I love San Francisco!

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